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Rector's Palace

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Rector's Palace

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Uncover 1,400 years of history layered within Dubrovnik's old town on this tour that earns 5-star reviews from travelers. The UNESCO World Heritage site is rich with hidden gems and curious architecture that can be easy to overlook, but a guide’s expert commentary helps you appreciate landmarks like Onofrio’s Fountain, the Franciscan Monastery, and the famous city walls for an ideal introduction to Dubrovnik.
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Michael B wrote a review Oct 2
Bellflower, California14,449 contributions306 helpful votes
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The Rector's Palace (Croatian: Knežev dvor) was built by the same Italian architect Onofrio della Cava of Naples, who built the city aqueduct and two fountains that bear his name in 1463. Over the century’s it has been damaged by earthquakes and rebuilt many times, serving as a watch house, prison, armory, and powder magazine. The Gothic ornaments were sculpted by Pietro di Martino of Milan, and the capitals on the exterior column’s porch, were reshaped in Renaissance style by Salvi di Michele of Florence, and a baroque style ornate staircase and a bell were added in the atrium. There was also in 1638 a statue of local rich shipowner Miho Pracat added, who is the only commoner in 1000 years to have his own statue. (He did make a considerable donation to the Republic). From the 14th century to 1808 it was the seat of the Minor Council and elected rector who governed Dubrovnik, and during his one-month term was unable to leave the building without the permission of the senate. In 1872 the Museum of Dubrovnik History Department moved into the building. Today the palace has been turned into the Cultural History Museum, with lots of local art effects including the original bronze striker figures from the Bell tower. TIP: Entrance into Rector’s Palace is free with the Dubrovnik Card or admission is 100KN ($16 USD). If you found this review informative please check the box below. Thank you, the world is yours to explore.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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The World is My Oyster wrote a review Sep 2020
Orlando, Florida17,485 contributions5,147 helpful votes
We really enjoyed walking around the building, especially at night. It really had a cool vibe around it, and made you feel like you are walking through history. The columns lite up at night and give it a unique look!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Katie_TravelBoost wrote a review Sep 2020
Harbin, China46 contributions3 helpful votes
Really interesting palace and museum, lots to see and a beautiful building! There are a range of mini exhibitions on the history of Dubrovnik and the palace itself. Additionally, the architecture is spectacular - built around a beautiful central courtyard with grand steps climbing upwards, and lovely walkways giving it all a very spacious feel. It was also very quiet and calm, just away from some of the crowds gathering on the main high street (although this is during coronavirus, I suspect it is usually much busier). The museum is included in the museum pass, which also grants entry to a number of other small museums around the old town, definitely worth buying. I think it is also included in the Dubrovnik card too (although I didn't buy this - too expensive haha!)
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Lorenzo wrote a review Aug 2020
Lecce, Italy253 contributions8 helpful votes
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This museum is one of the beautiest I've ever seen, I was comparing in to the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, with his paintings, artifacts, vases and history, they make it one of the beautiest place in the whole Croatia, you must visit it!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Enzo wrote a review Aug 2020
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I am in deed in love in this kind of architecture. i walked through Dubrovnik old town all way around. I liked Rectors palace the most. Those big , white, massive, monumental walls with ornaments give me special kind of peace. Definitely recommend for people who prefer city and historical side of tourism.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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