The island of Lokrum has had a turbulent past, from curses to legends, over the centuries the island has seen its fair share of tragedies and successes. Shakespeare could have written a play based solely on Lokrum, such is the richness of its history.
And now you too can explore a part of this past with an excellent interactive exhibition on the island. Located in the atmospheric surroundings of the basement of the Benedictine monastery an exhibition entitled “Legends of Lokrum – Richard the Lionheart and the Benedictines,” explores the fascinating story of the connection between this English King and Dubrovnik’s green oasis – Lokrum.
The very location is inspiring, in a Benedictine Monastery that was first mentioned way back in 1023. As you enter the cool of the basement an attractive wooden runway leads you down to the exhibition.
Learn how Lokrum saved the British King, Richard the Lionheart, and how he returned his gratitude to the people of Dubrovnik. Take a walk in the cellar of the monastery and experience history through the story of the sinking and the rescue of Richard the Lionheart, find out details of the life of the Benedictines and the reasons of their mystical departure from the island and the curse which according to tradition they left behind them for many years to come.