St Blaise 2015

St.Blaise is the city’s patron saint and guardian whose feast day is marked with many celebrations and events in Dubrovnik. Today’s celebration of the feast day of St.Blaise has its roots in ancient legend according to which Saint Blaise , Bishop and martyr of Sebaste , saved Dubrovnik from the Venetians . According to historical records, at the end of the 14th century a Venetian fleet on its way to Levant, anchored in front of the island of Lokrum and Gruz. Locals in Dubrovnik welcomed them with open arms not knowing their true intentions – conquering the city. One night, Saint Blaise appeared to a priest named Stojko of the the then Church of St. Stephen, and warned him that the Venetians wanted to take Dubrovnik. As described by Serafin Razzi, the grey-haired Bishop Blaise, who was accompanied by armed military, said that he was sent from heaven to protect the city from the Venetians, who that night had secretly come to the city walls in order to jump over and begin their attack. According to the vision, Saint Blaise with the help of the heavenly army, threw the Venetians from the walls of Dubrovnik.

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