Culture & Art

Cathedral of Rijeka

St. Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka

Kathedraal van Rijeka, Kroatie

The St. Vitus Cathedral in Rijeka – on the northern coast of Croatia – was in the Middle Ages 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.  At the time when the town of Rijeka became the centre of the diocese, and then in 1969 the centre of the archbishopric, the representative Jesuits 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.
  • The feast day of Saint Vitus is the 15th of June and is celebrated by a great procession.
  • Pilgrimage – all Sundays during Lent

Opening hours
daily 9.00 – 12.00 / 16.00 – 18.00 (in summer until 20.00)

Rijeka Archbishopric, Grivica ulica, Rijeka
telephone +385 51 322 257