Legend has it that when a disgruntled 13th-century gambler threw a rock at the crucifix that now resides on St. Vitus’s main altar, the rendering of Christ’s body on the cross began to bleed and the gambler was swallowed up by the earth whole (except for his hand). How the church got the crucifix is a mystery, but it is known that the Jesuits built the current cathedral in 1638 in honor of St. Vitus, Rijeka’s patron saint. The structure has an unusual rotunda, containing Baroque and Gothic touches, with a separate bell tower.