Luza Palace, Dubrovnik
The Sponza Palace is the most attractive building in Dubrovnik in my opinion with its graceful arcades, intricate tracery on tall gothic windows on the floor above and square windows on the top storey. This was the Replublic's custom house (notice the Dogana crest on the doorway) and later served as the mint. The Sponza Palace now houses precious collections of historical documents of Dubrovnik. Combined tickets for this and the Rector's Palace (see later) can be purchased and gives slight discount on two separate tickets.
Just off the main square, in the Luza Palace, is a small war memorial documenting the lives lost and the damage done in the recent war. It is a very educational and easily accessible place where Westerners can learn about a relatively unknown conflict and locals can honor their dead. Some of the photographs of the city ablaze are an excellent way to record the senseless destruction of a strategically worthless city.
At the time of the Raguse Republic, the Sponza palace was used by the custom and by the money workshop. The front has a style somewhere between Gothic and Renaissance. It was one of the few buildings that resisted to the 1667 earthquake.
The stones are as carved as lace. The whole building is of great elegance.