The Church of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary
The Krk Diocese founded its long history “as old as Christianity” in Kvarner over a once broader area (the mainland and coastal regions), then narrower (Krk) and as of 1828, the Diocese was expanded to all island areas. It is the carrier of all spiritual, cultural, scientific (Old Slavic Academy, 1902) and Glagolithic achievements.
The Krk Cathedral is the central headquarters of the Diocese. This triple nave old Christian basilica (5th century) with the Romantic Church of Saint Quirinus (12th century), the protector of the Diocese; the bell tower (16th century) with an angel holding a trumpet on top; the Chapel of Saint Barbara and the early Christian baptistery and apse (5th-6th centuries) all create a unique religious complex.
Today’s Cathedral is the result of numerous renovations and expansions.
Its interior is filled with numerous items of great value: the large marble altar; the Gothic statue of the Mother of God with Jesus; gold-plated silver Frankopan altar backdrop depicting the Madonna in Glory (15th century); stone Corinthian capitals engraved with old Christian symbols of the Eucharist - a bird eating a fish; the gravestone of the Bishop from Krk; wooden pulpit (17th century) and paintings by Italian masters (16th-18th centuries). The grave (since 2002) of Bishop Antun Mahnić, founder of the Croatian Catholic Movement, and the Old Slavic Academy. During the summer months, the Cathedral is traditionally a venue for many distinguished concert events.
Feast day of Saint Quirinius (4 June)
Feast of the Assumption (15 August)
Cathedral open: winter from 8:30-12:30 and from 17:00-18:30
Summer (from Easter to 1 October) from 9:00-13:00 and 17:30-19:30
Treasury visits (entrance fee) summer from 9:00-13:00, for group visits it is necessary to contact the Parish Office
Accommodations: hotels, private accommodations
Cathedral publication: work of author Franjo Velčić