A small Church of St. George used to be situated where the
Church of St. Euphemia is located today. When St. Euphemia's
sarcophagus was brought to Rovinj, the Church of St. George
became too small for all the pilgrims. In the 10th century
the people of Rovinj started building a new, bigger church.
It was a three-nave church with
three projected apses and wooden statues of St. George
and St. Euphemia. In the beginning of the 17th century, a
gold-plated stone statue was erected which until this day
remains on the altar of the Saint. The church itself required
with time more and more reparations, and the town population
grew, so that the people of Rovinj decided to build an
even bigger church. The building process started in 1725,
lasted until 1736. Three main altars were built in 1741,
and the organ was installed in 1754. The façade was designed
and built in the second half of the 19th century. Many
altars and paintings enrich and embelish the church from
We will mention the most important ones. When you enter
the church, you will first notice the main altar of St. George,
St. Marc and St. Rocco with the statues of these three saints
built in 'karar' marble, designed by a Venetian master sculptor
Girolam Laureat. On the left side, there is the altar of
the Holy Sacraments, rich in marble and embelished with statues
of angels. On the right side from the main altar, you will
see the altar of St. Euphemia, the patron-saint of the town,
a part of the church which all visitors should see.
The altar itself is rich in marble, the stone statue of
the Saint dates from the 15th century. Behind the altar you
will see a sarcophagus in which relics of St. Euphemia are
kept. On the walls by the sarcophagus there are paintings
dating from 1883, painted by Leonardo Riga. The paintings
depict the arrival of the sarcophagus to the coast of Rovinj
and the martyrdom of St. Euphemia. On the ceiling there is
an image of the coronation of the Saint up in the sky. On
the right (southern) side, there are altars of the Lady of
the Holy Rosary, St. Francis of Assissi, St. Peter and St
Michael the Archangel. On the opposite, northern side, there
are: the altar of St. Nicholas, the baptistery, and the altars
of St. Sebastian, the Lady of Carmel and St. Rocco.
From the collection of paintings we should mention the images
of St. Anthony of Padova, St. John the Baptist, St. Francis
of Assissi, and the Holy Virgin Mary.
Beside the church there is a bell-tower, built 70 years
earlier and designed like the bell-tower of St. Marc in Venice.
On the top of the bell-tower there is a statue of the patron-saint,
placed on bearings so that it revolves around its axis depending
on the wind. The bell-tower and the statue reach the height
of more than 61 meters. At the bottom it is a little bit
less than 9 meters wide. There is a beautiful view of all
Rovinj area from the bell-tower, and sometimes when the weather
is good one can even see the Alps. The church itself is 30m
wide and 51m long.
During summer it is open for visitors
from 10AM to 5PM. It is requested that visitors wear appropriate
dress to the church (not swim suits and the like).
telephone number of the parish office is 815-615.