Croatian Dominican Province

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The Croatian Dominican Province of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Croatian: Hrvatska dominikanska provincija Navještenja Blažene Djevice Marije) is a province of the Dominican Order, Roman Catholic order founded in the 13th century. The Province has 13 monasteries and houses located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia.


Hungarian Province[edit]

Dominican Monastery in Dubrovnik (1225)

On the second General Chapter of the Order in 1221, Saint Dominic entrusted his associate Paul the Dalmatian to implant the Order in the Kingdom of Hungary-Croatia. In the Middle Ages the Dominicans spread to all Croatian areas. First they came in Dubrovnik in 1225 and at the beginning of the 14th century they began to build the monumental complex of the Monastery and church of Saint Dominic. During the 13th century they established monasteries in Nin (1228), Čazma (1229), Ban Brdo in Vrhbosna (1233), Dubica (1235), Zagreb (before 1241), Virovitica (before 1242), Zadar (1244), Split, Croatia (1245), Pag (c. 1250), Ulcinj (1258), Trogir (1265), Bihać (1266), Kotor (1266), Skradin (before 1312) and Brskovo (1285). In the 14th century several monasteries were established: Požega (1303), Hvar (1312), Šibenik (1346), Bosanska Krupa (before 1357) and Senj (before 1378) and Krk (before 1380).[1] Until 1380 the Croatian monasteries were part of the Hungarian Province with vicars for the area along the Adriatic Sea.

Dalmatian Province[edit]

Pope Urban VI recognized complete autonomy of the Dalmatian Province in the bull Sedis Apostolicae of March 3, 1380. Newly erected Province of Dalmatia covered monasteries along the eastern Adriatic and had its headquarters in Zadar. During the 15th and 16th century numerous monasteries were established: Rab (1426), Čiovo (1432), Gruž (1437), Bol (1474), Rijeka (1477), Korčula (1501), Budva (1513) and others.


  1. ^ Krasić, Stjepan. The Epitome of the History of the Dominican Order in the Croatian Regions (in Croatian). Zagreb. ISBN 953-167-086-2. 

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