Bell-tower of the Franciscan Monastery
Bell-tower of the Franciscan Monastery

Height: 39 m
Duration of works: June 1988. – February 1989.
Cost: 176.661,84 US $

Design made by: Slobodan Grujić, arch., PB"Arhitekt",Dubrovnik,Prof.Dražen Aničić,C.E.Ph.D.,IGH,Zagreb
Contractor: GRO“Građevinar“
Supervision: Stanko Jović, C.E.,Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik
Construction foreman: Željko Peković, arch.

On the western end of Placa in the complex of the Franciscan monastery stands the bell-tower of the monastery. It was erected from the first half of the 14th to the first half of the 15th century. It has the elements of the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles and was restored twice through its history. The bell-tower is 35 m high and the ground plan dimensions are 480 x 640 cm. It is presumed that its foundations lie on a landfill.

The dome and its tambour were badly damaged in the earthquake of 1979 and the renovation started in 1988. There were many doubts about its renovation and it was accepted the system of prestressed steel cables anchored in reinforced concrete slabs; one on the level of the foundations and the other below the octagonal tambour of the dome. The bell-tower was additionally stiffened by system of restrained steel diagonals.