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Franciscan Monastery picture in Dubrovnik
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This Franciscan Monastery has operated continually for almost 700 years. Even more fascinating, the monastery houses the third-oldest functioning pharmacy in Europe. The museum portion of the pharmacy has antique laboratory equipment, tools and medical literature. In 1667, an incredibly destructive earthquake almost brought down the entire complex; all that remained was the church portal. One highlight is the 14th-century cloisters with ornate columns that have unique faces on the capitals.

Despite how enticing the monastery sounds, visitors have had mixed feelings. One TripAdvisor user says, "We were in and out of this in under 10 minutes," while an IgoUgo user comments, "There is an admission charge to enter but well worth the few dollars to experience and view this ancient pharmacy and a museum." We suggest that if you are interested in medicinal history or monasteries, pop in for a look as it is conveniently located in Old Town right near the Rector's Palace and the Dubrovnik Cathedral. The monastery welcomes guests from 9 a.m. till 6 p.m. and charges about 30 HRK (or about $5.75 USD) to enter.

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