The Church of Saint Blaise is located at the Luža square in the city of Dubrovnik. It is a baroque style Church that is one of the most famous landmarks of Dubrovnik. It was built on the same place an old romanesque Church stood before. The romanesque Church dated back to the 14th century, and it survived the catastrophic earthquake of 1667, only to see its demise in 1706 when it was accidentally set on fire and burned down. The citizens of Dubrovnik started the restoration of the Church shortly thereafter and the city fathers hired a famous Venetian architect Marino Gropelli to design a Church that would match the beauty of the city.
The result was a The Church of Saint Blaise that is a sight to behold to this very day. The main entrance into the Church is facing to the north, rather than west as was the norm because of the position of the Church and the main streets in Dubrovnik. The entrance is specific for its wide stairwell that leads to the terrace that is surrounded by a fence featuring balustrades. The forefront of the Church features four large columns that support the arch that features balustrades and various sculptures. The central statue atop the Church features Saint Blaise, the namesake of the Church and the patron Saint of the city of Dubrovnik.
The interior of the Church is structured similarly to the forefronts. Gropelli segmented the walls both horizontally and vertically using columns and pilasters that carry beams with various motives. Restaurateurs are currently working on various parts of the Church in efforts to bring back its original looks in all of its glory. The Church is also the central part of the annual Festivities of Saint Blaise that takes place each 3rd of February, and that has been put on the UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list.
The Saint Blaise Church is definitely a landmark that you should visit in case you find yourself in Dubrovnik, especially if you are interested in architecture, as the Church represents a marvel of baroque architecture.
You might also find the following links useful:
Dubrovnik tourist office