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The St. Vitus Cathedral (Croatian: Katedrala Svetog Vida) is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Rijeka, Croatia.

St. Vitus Cathedral
St. Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka
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St. Vitus
LocationRijeka
Country Croatia
DenominationRoman Catholic
History
StatusCathedral
Architecture
StyleBaroque
Years built1638 (current building)
Administration
ArchdioceseRijeka
Clergy
ArchbishopIvan Devčić
Upper interior of the cathedral.
Lower interior of the cathedral.

In the Middle Ages, the Church of St. Vitus was a small and one-sided, romanesque church dedicated to the patron saint and protector of Rijeka. It had a semi-circular apse behind the altar, and covered porch. With the arrival of the Jesuits in Rijeka, the Cathedral as we see it today was founded in 1638. First, it became the Jesuits' church. When the town of Rijeka became the center of the diocese, and then in 1969 the center of the archbishopric and metropolit, the representative Jesuit's Church of St. Vitus became the Cathedral of Rijeka. It’s a rotunda, which is unusual in this part of Europe, with elements of Baroque and Gothic, including fine baroque statuary inside.

The cathedral is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 100 kuna banknote, issued in 1993 and 2002.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Croatian National Bank Archived May 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Features of Kuna Banknotes Archived May 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine: 100 kuna Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine (1993 issue) & 100 kuna Archived 2011-06-04 at the Wayback Machine (2002 issue). — Retrieved on 24 February 2010.

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