Rector's Palace, Dubrovnik

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    Rector's Palace

    by JLBG Updated Nov 14, 2004

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    When you are tired of walking in the sun, you can walk under the shade of Rector's Palace (Knezev dvor) arches. At the very beginning, in the Middle Ages, it was a fortress for defense where gunpowder was kept. It had exploded and burnt often. In the 15th, after one such accident, the famous architect Onofrio rebuilt it with one level, gothic style. After a new gunpowder explosion, in 1463, it was built another time in Renaissance style. After the 1667 earthquake, baroque parts were added. This mixture of styles is what makes the Rector's Palace so unique.

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    The Rector's Palace

    by jckim Updated Nov 17, 2004

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    Rectors Palace was the residence of the Dubrovnik's Republic Rector. It was built in a mixture of Gothic and Renaissance styles.
    Today, these rooms are part of the museum.
    name is Historical Cultural Museum.
    (15th & 17th century)

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    Rector's Palace and the City Museum

    by acemj Updated Apr 10, 2004

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    Just south of Luza Square is the Rector's Palace. It was the seat of the Ragusan (previous name for Dubrovnik) government. For 15kn, you get a self-guided tour of the palace and the rather lackluster City Museum. I would put it under tourist traps, but the building itself has enough historical significance and architectural interest, that I didn't feel totally ripped off. Plus, the ticket girl was hot!

    Inside, there are some exhibits of some rather boring artifacts, but the former jails are at least moderately interesting and the palace's Renaissance atrium is a beautiful space in which concert recitals are held in the summer time.

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    Rector of Dubrovnik

    by sandysmith Updated Nov 12, 2005

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    The museum of the Rector's Place houses artwork and furniture, giving insight to how the Rector lived here on their official duties. The Rectors of Dubrovnik governed for a period of one month only before a new one was elected and during this time he lived, alone, without his family. He could leave the palace only when engaged upon some state business; otherwise he was not allowed to leave it. The Place has an internal courtyard and off this are the interesting little prisions too - have a look for the carving of the dragon on the right hand side of the entrance.

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    Knezev Dvor - Rector's Palace

    by KristaB Updated Nov 6, 2003

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    Knezev Dvor atrium

    As one would expect from this tiny proud enclave, the way they were dealing with political and economical issues was … not boring.
    At the atrium of Knezev dvor there is a water well, where all inhabitants were free to come, collect water, wash their clothes and talk. This forum was always full of action, people laughing, arguing, and even fighting! No secret could stay hidden within this city walls!
    Today this atrium serves as one superb concert venue, with perfect acoustics for chamber music.

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    by sandysmith Written Apr 19, 2004

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    The Rector's Palace is another grand building with beautiful arches. It was built in Gothic and Renaissance styles in the 15th century (the street :Pred Dovoram 3).
    Its open to visitors times: 9 am to 2 pm, Monday to Saturday only.

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    by xaver Written Oct 31, 2013

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    It used to be the house of the Rector and his offices.
    It was restored the first time after an explosin in 1463 and then a second time after the earthquake of 1667. As soon as you enter you find yourself in a beautiful outer gallery adorned with renaissance capitals. Opposite of the entrance there is the prison and on the left the administrative offices.
    Rector's apartments are on the first floor.
    Price is 40 KN

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    Rector-Fabulous Palace and Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2010

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    It apparently began as a defense building to house armaments and military around 1272, and shortly after it was converted into a palace, so by 1349, it was the main palace of the town for the Rector. A fire destroyed the whole building in 1435 and two end towers were raised then. The contractor was Onofrio Giordino who also constructed the fountain. again in 1463, an explosion from gunpowder damaged the building, and the arches were reconfigured then. Next came the earthquake that afterword made other minor changes to the structure, and designing as Baroque besides Gothic look. The courtyard is wonderful and the staircases lead to second floor in two areas. It is all a museum inside-See next page.

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    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    Knežev dvor (the Rector's Palace) is an outstanding monument of secular architecture, not only in Dubrovnik but on the whole Adriatic coast. The government of the Republic commissioned Onofrio della Cava from Naples to built this magnificent two-storey Gothic and Renaissance palace with a pillared porch. The sculptural ornaments of the palace, including the capitals, were made by master Pietro di Martino from Milano. A gunpowder explosion occured in the armoury of the palace in 1463 and heavily damaged it. The renewal was entrusted the famous architect Michelozzo di Bartolemeo of Florence who was reconstructing the city walls at the time. It appears that the plans were too much in th style of the Renaissance for the tastes of the conservative Major Council, so they rejected them. Michelozzo left Dubrovnik and the work was continued by other builders.

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    Rector Museum is a Nice site

    by BruceDunning Updated May 25, 2010

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    The museum is very nice and has a great variety on display. I guess it is the ethnographic museum and cost is 30 kuna-$6. It would take about two hours to give the museum full justice, but you could study much more. It could get crowded when tours are coming at the same time. Key areas inside the building are the prison and many pictures of the town after the Bosnia war period 1990's, coins and medias, an elaborate courtroom from the 18th century, chapel, music room and especially interesting is the Rector study. That has a 17th century cabinet that is extremely ornate and hidden compartments for documents, in addition to having painted scenes on glass and ebony

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    by solopes Updated Dec 6, 2012

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    The Palace of the Dubrovnik's Republic rector it's an interesting building from the 17th century (reconstruction) mixing gothic and Renaissance styles.

    The best (long) descryption of it may be found in Dubrovnikcity

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    Rector's Palace

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 14, 2011

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    The Rector's Palace in situated in the Old Town between the Church of St. Blaise and the Cathedral. This is the home of the Cultural History Museum. The Palace is designed in a Gothic and Renaissance style with Baroque features. This Palace has reigned since the 14th century although the building stood at the same site since the 13th Century.

    Following a fire in 1435 the palace was rebuilt by Onofrio di Giordano della Cava (from Naples) who was comissioned to build the city's water supply system at the time. The palace was damaged by a gunpowder explore 28 years later since the fire and the palace was reshaped and renewed in Renaissance style.

    The palace faced further setbacks in 1520 and 1667 and caused extensive damage to the palace. Again the palace was redesigned but in Baroque style and a new flight of stairs was added into the palace's atrium replacing the damaged ones before. Many other features including a clock, a bell, monuments and rocco elements were added.

    Following another earthquake in the 18th Century, the eastern front of the palace facing the harbour underwent some extension restoration. This explains why the Palace has a variety of architectural styles to the building. Today, Rector's Palace still survives and belongs to the museum of Dubrovnik. You can able to see the styled rooms with its interior furnishing which goes back centuries whilst touring the palace.

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    Rector’s Palace

    by tpk2 Written May 27, 2007

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    The city-state of Ragusa was ruled by a Knez, Rector. Rector was appointed for one month and was not allowed to leave the palace except for state affairs.

    The building houses the town museum with art and historical exhibits. The ticket is 25 kunas (2007) or 50 kunas for a combined ticket to the Rector’s palace, ethnographic and maritime museums and Marin Drzic’s house.

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    Rector's Palace

    by Gili_S Written Mar 6, 2011

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    This is the Rector's Palace, a unique site which is very interesting from the history and architecture point of view, it is located just on the Stradum and it was re constructed many times as it was damage by earthquake, fires, wars and other occasions through its history.

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    The Rector's Palace

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 11, 2010

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    This was the seat of power in the old city-state of Dubrovnik. For centuries, the Rector governed the city, and was expected to be here at all times, except for official business, during his time in office. The city council elected Rectors to serve a one-month term of office, so there was regular turnover.

    Neopolitan architect Onofrio di Giordano de la Cava designed this palace in the 15th century; since then, it's been modified a few times. The largest changes occurred after the 1667 earthquake, making the style more Baroque. All in all, it's an elegant building, but fairly modest considering Dubrovnik's huge wealth.

    Today, it's an art, crafts, and history museum, with works by Italian and Croatian masters. This should be on every visitor's itinerary.

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