The Underground of the Cathedral and the Bunić's Square
The Underground of the Cathedral and the Bunić's Square

Archaeological research works below the cathedral started in 1981 and with some interruptions lasted till 1988.

The Bunić's square was researched in 1984 and 1985 then the conservators' directions were elaborated for presentation of the whole underground complex. After detailed analysis and study it was decided to present such an important discovery of recognizable remains of Byzantine and Romanesque cathedral together with the discovered baptistery from the 14th century in the underground of the Bunić's square. The studies of connection these discoveries in the underground were elaborated as well as possible alternative locations for entrances to the underground level.

Due to high condensation on the underground ceiling the thermal isolation was installed and the problem of protection and maintenance of this locality was actualized again in 1998. The monitoring of microclimate conditions with mechanical observation of data reading in the underground of the cathedral and the Bunić's square were done with some interruptions from 2001 to 2006. Through that period two pumps were built-in to empty out the excess water from the well into the sewage system and protect it from flooding. The final monitoring report with directions for planning was accepted in 2007 by the Expert Advisory Board for Restoration of Dubrovnik.

The preliminary design for presentation of the underground findings below the cathedral and the Bunić's square was done in 2004. The finalization of the project was continued in 2009 according to years-long monitoring and conservators' directions. It is agreed to do the main project till the end of 2009. The realization of this specific project for presentation the very valuable findings in the underground is expected till 2013.