Rector’s Palace Dubrovnik
Rectors Palace used to be the seat of the Rector of the Republic who governed Dubrovnik, where he only could stay there during his mandate. It was Rector’s office. Along with that, the 13th-century building houses many state offices, a dungeon, private chambers, etc.
The basic gothic Palace was reconstructed on many occasions following major events, turning the building into a Gothic-Renaissance palace.
Nowadays, the Palace houses a museum where you can learn so much about it, see interesting artifacts, and it’s also a music venue, where you can attend classical music concerts!
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1. Opening Hours
2. Entrance Fee
To enter Rector’s Palace, you need to get a ticket. The ticket costs approximately 120 Kuna per adult and 25 Kuna per child. The ticket includes free access to Revelin Fort, the house of Martin Držić, and four museums!
- The Ethnographic Museum
- The Museum of Natural History
- The Maritime Museum
- The Museum of Contemporary Art
If you want to visit Rector’s Palace only, the ticket costs about 80 Kuna. However, we recommend you choose the first option. That way, you can visit six other different attractions!
If you own a Dubrovnik City Card, you don’t have to pay anything! The Ticket price is included in the card.
3. Rector’s Palace Architecture
You will be astonished by the meticulous work done to create such detailed carvings.
The western façade is a top attraction among visitors because it features a lovely covered corridor, bounded by arches, where you can sit down and relax in its shade.
Above the entrance door, the inscription can still be seen stating:
“OBLITI PRIVATORUM PUBLICA CURATE”,
“Forgetting your private business, concern yourselves with public affairs”
Interior Atrium and Courtyard
Following the 1667 earthquake, new Baroque-style stairs were added in the interior atrium. You can go up the stairs, which will take you to the gallery.
The interior atrium also features a monument created to honor Miho Pracat – who was the only commoner to get that honour in Dubrovnik’s history. He was a rich man who chose to leave his entire wealth to Dubrovnik. The monument was sculpted by Italian sculptor Piero Paolo Giacometti in 1638. The atrium also features a fountain dating from the 15th century.
Nowadays, Rector’s Palace serves as a classical music venue, where many music concerts are held in the interior atrium. If you enjoy classical music, you might be lucky and attend a concert at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival!
Cultural History Museum
The museum features carved bookcases, wigs, furniture, rooms, portraits of aristocrats, and much more!
4. History of the Rector’s Palace:
One of the major duties any Rector had to do is to look after the Town’s Keys at night. After the closing of the city gates, the keys were given to the elected Rector, where he had to keep them safe until the following day and give them back to the city guards.
Rector’s Palace didn’t serve as an accommodation to the Rector only. It also served as the headquarter of Consilium minus (also known as the Minor Council of the Republic of Ragusa), the state administration, armory the watch house, and the city dungeon, powder magazine.
In the early middle ages, it served as a defence building of Dubrovnik Republic.
Explosions and Sacking
After the first explosion, Dubrovnik Republic needed a new palace, so, it was rebuilt by master builder, Onofrio Della Cava of Naples, creator of The Big Onofrio’s Fountain and city aqueduct, and the architect Salvio de Michele of Florence.
Finely carved capitals in renaissance style were works of Pietro di Martino of Milan. The Renaissance capitals were added to the main Gothic portal. Today, an ornate staircase, along with exterior columns in the ground floor atrium is used for concerts.
Unfortunately, like any building in the city, Rector’s Palace was severely damaged by the 1667 earthquake. Following the earthquake, it was rebuilt and constantly repaired in Baroque style, complementing its existing Gothic style.
The Palace was then sacked by the Napoleonic army, following the fall of the Dubrovnik Republic, and a good number of valuable artifacts were taken away.
Nowadays, the beautiful Palace stands as mesmerizing as ever, regardless of the earthquakes, explosions, attacks, and fires.
An initial gothic design from the medieval times with Baroque and Renaissance added elements, creating a glorious landmark standing in the city of Dubrovnik and welcoming visitors.
5. Rector’s Palace Nowadays
Today, Rector’s Palace is welcome to visitors coming from all over the world. You can explore its fine architectural details from its exterior renaissance style facades, or you can take a closer look at the inside. It is also home to the history department of the museum of Dubrovnik.
Despite being rebuilt many times, the building retains a striking compositional unity.
The Palace features a museum, showcasing beautiful old artifacts of the noble families. It displays old archives from the Minor Council meetings, the original Code of Conduct, and other old documents.
In the exhibition halls, you can see the carved bookcases, remaining furniture dating from the 18th century, the old currencies of the Ragusa Republic, portraits of nobility, wigs, etc.
You can also have a look at the selection of seals and crests dating back from medieval times.
If you want to find out more about the building, visit Rectors Palace! With its iconic structure and attractive features, you will appreciate every part of it! It is among the most popular Dubrovnik museums.
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