Ever since the 13th century, various documents, wills and statutes mention the monastery and the church of St Francis in Krk. The monastery says a lot about the tradition of the Franciscan order in Krk. According to a legend written in 1500, St Francis came to Krk because of a storm. There he met a hermit who accepted his teaching, after which the Franciscan order was founded on Krk.
The church of St Francis is a single-nave structure with Gothic vaulted semicircular apse. It is traditionally oriented west-east. Considering that the sacristy contains frescos from an earlier period, it is assumed that this was the site of an older church and that the today’s church of St Francis was made by its reconstruction. There is a relief of the Venetian lion with the closed book on the church wall dating from the 13th century. Closed book shows that Venice was at war at the time. The church bell tower was completed in 1743. The monastery was erected to the north of today’s church. There is not much data about its construction, but it is known that in 1500 the Dalmatian provveditore Sebastian Justiniani allowed the making of window openings on the part near the city walls. In 1625 a cistern with a cloister was built, which was supplied by rain water.