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Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik

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Rector's Palace showcases the glorious history of the Republic of Ragusa. The Gothic-Renaissance palace served as the seat of the Rector of the Republic between the 14th century and 1808. Since 1872 it has housed the Cultural History Museum. Enter the atrium and admire finely carved capitals and the ornate staircase. See the statue of Miho Pracat, the only commoner in the history of the Republic honored with a statue--thanks to the wealth he bequeathed to the Republic. Other fascinating sites include the rector's office, his private chambers, public halls, administrative offices, and a dungeon. Plan to visit Rector's Palace and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Dubrovnik attractions using our Dubrovnik itinerary maker.
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  • This place is beautiful protected and preserved the architecture is gorgeous beautiful old white facades and signs of shops and restaurant very discreet during your visit you will pass necessarily by this comfortable place on the outskirts of the small port
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  • Very nice the exterior, but the Interior is really disappointing! I confess that I would have done less, saving you time and money. Better to spend more time to walk around the old city gates. Not recommended.
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  • This amazing historic building is very attractive from the outside. It has a very impressive courtyard and interesting dungeons. Great part of the building is a museum. On the first floor the exhibits...  more »
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  • Great palace inside the city walls. Old architecture well preserved and some information about the many fires & changes the city went through.
  • Some interesting furniture and decorative items. Have no idea why they don't allow photos without flash. Don't miss first floor rooms. Our tour guide skipped it but we went back before leaving. Museum ticket doesn't allow you to re enter same museum twice so do it all the first time.
  • Great building and a must to see, just don't miss coming inside and doing a tour. Don't miss the first floor rooms which are beautiful.
  • The sedan chairs are really cool, but it cost 100 kuna to get in. I wouldn't have done it except the Dubrovnik pass gives you free entry.
  • Rector's Palace - probably the most beautiful palace in Dubrovnik and the eastern Adriatic. This Gothic-Renaissance palace was put up in the first half of the 15th c. on the remains of the medieval fortified castle called "castellum". It was built to a design of Neapolitan architect Onofrio di Giordano della Cava (builder of the Dubrovnik aqueduct). During the centuries, the palace’s fabric underwent a good deal of damage, most of all during the catastrophic earthquake of 1667. Numerous repairs and renovations brought in new styles, but there was always an endeavour to retain the basic characteristics of the Onofrio design. As it is today, the Rector’s Palace is a two-storey building, with portico and atrium, in which the Gothic-Renaissance form is harmoniously blended with the Baroque interventions. The Palace used to serve as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Dubrovnik/Ragusa (head of state elected for a period of one month), the seat of the Minor Council, the Senate and the state administration between the 14th c. untill 1808. During that period, it also housed a courtroom and a prison. Thus it was the most important public building of the Republic. Today it is cultural history museum (interior furniture is from 17th-18th c.)