Restoration of Dubrovnik’s Jesuit Steps to Begin in September 2024

The City of Dubrovnik and the Institute for the Restoration of Dubrovnik are continuing the implementation of the 2024 Monumental Site Renewal Program with the restoration of the Jesuit Steps, covering an area of 197.25 square meters. The restoration works will include preparatory, construction, and conservation-restoration activities on the entire surface of the 18th-century steps. The funding for the project has been allocated in this year’s budget of the City of Dubrovnik.

Following a public procurement process, the bid from Projekt 22 d.o.o. was selected as the most economically advantageous offer. The value of the contract to be signed with the selected contractor is EUR 210,188.00 excluding VAT, or EUR 262,735.00 including VAT. The work is scheduled to begin in mid-September 2024 and is expected to last four months.

The restoration will be carried out according to the Report on the Current Condition with Proposed Works and Cost Estimate for Conservation-Restoration Interventions, prepared in September 2023. Preliminary approval for the interventions was obtained from the Conservation Department in Dubrovnik on December 1, 2023. Financial support for the preparation of the documentation was provided by the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities. A detailed assessment of the current condition was conducted to select appropriate methods for the conservation-restoration works. Visual inspections revealed numerous damages and contaminants on the stone surface caused by various natural and human factors. In addition to mechanical damage from the Homeland War, there are visible minor cracks, larger fractures, and various subsequent interventions.

The City of Dubrovnik also reminds that funds for the development of the Preliminary Design for the renovation of Poljana Ruđera Boškovića were secured through a budget rebalance in 2023. The first step in this process was the initiation of the creation of variant conceptual designs for the renovation of Poljana.