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 during your Dubrovnik vacation using our convenient Dubrovnik trip planner .
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  • Very Beautiful palace, home of many wealthy rectors for hundreds of years. The furniture was beautiful.  more »
  • It was an imposing building particulay the inner courtyard with its exterior steps leading up to the uppper galleries. Content was fairly standard museum exibits  more »
  • It is one of the most beautiful and elegant palaces that make the city scene at the end of the Stradun, towards the old port; Although a "Palace of power" is able to transfer to the tourist a sense of refinement and balance.
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  • Nice interior but only worth it if entry is based on dubrovnik card. One of the Game of thrones Qarth scenes were filmed here though so that's pretty cool
  • Beautiful architectural testament to the former Republic of Dubrovnik, with an interesting museum about the history of the city. Is sadly more famous for a staircase used in Game of Thrones than the actual museum and building, as there are some interesting prison cells in the grand hall that are open on display, and pictures from the Yugoslav Wars, where Dubrovnik was under Yugoslavian siege, and significant parts of the Old City nearly destroyed from the fires and bombardment, including parts of the Rector's Palace. Is certainly a good stop in Dubrovnik, not any random Game of Throne souvenir shop.
  • Very historical and good place, you must see!
  • Liked the treasure chests the most. Get the dubrovnik pass and it's included.
  • The Rector's Palace (Croatian: Knežev dvor) is a palace in the city of Dubrovnik that used to serve as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa between the 14th century and 1808.[1] It was also the seat of the Minor Council and the state administration. Furthermore, it housed an armoury, the powder magazine, the watch house and a prison. The rector's palace was built in the Gothic style, but it also has Renaissance and Baroque elements, harmoniously combining these elements Originally it was a site of a defence building in the early Middle Ages. It was destroyed by a fire in 1435 and the town decided to build a new palace. The job was offered to the master builder Onofrio della Cava of Naples, who had previously built the aqueduct. It became a Gothic building with ornaments sculpted by Pietro di Martino of Milan. A gunpowder explosion badly damaged the building in 1463. The renewal was offered to the architect Michelozzo of Florence. But he was rejected in 1464 because his plans went too much in the style of the Renaissance. Other builders continued the work. The capitals of the porch were reshaped in Renaissance style probably by Salvi di Michele of Florence. He continued the reconstruction from 1467 on. The building suffered damages from the earthquake of 1520 and again in 1667. Reconstruction was in Baroque style. A flight of stairs and a bell were added in the atrium. In 1638 the Senate erected a monument to Miho Pracat (by Pietro Giacometti of Recanati), a rich shipowner from Lopud, who had bequeathed his wealth to Dubrovnik.
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