The most impressive building in Hvar is definitely the Cathedral of St. Stephen, standing on the eastern side of the town square, at the far end of the Pjaca, where two parts of the town meet. It was built on the site of an early 6th-century Christian church and a later Benedictine convent of St Mary.
The shrine of today's cathedral is the remains of a Gothicchurch from the 14th century. Its 15th-century pulpit, the stone polyptychs of St. Luke and The Flagellation of Christ, as well as the late Gothic crucifix, have all been preserved. St. Stephen's is a rather unremarkable triple-aisled church with a nice 17th-century bell tower, and is a harmonious synthesis of the Renaissance, manneristic and early Baroque styles so typical of the Dalmatianarchitecture of the 15th and 16th centuries. The inside has quite a few late Renaissance paintings and a nice wooden 16th-century choir area.