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  Knezev Dvor - Rector's Palace
by TheWanderingCamel
 
  • Knezev Dvor - Rector's Palace - Dubrovnik
      Knezev Dvor - Rector's Palace
    by TheWanderingCamel
  • To serve the city - Dubrovnik
  • To serve the city - Dubrovnik
 

Tenancy of the Rector's Palace was both an honour and a duty for the nobility of independent Dubrovnik. They served the city in a monthly rotation, leaving wives and family at home elsewhere in the city for their time in office and were virtually confined to barracks - allowed only to leave the Palace on official city business . This custom lasted for hundreds of years, until 1806, when the republic fell to Napoleon's army. All the clocks in the palace have been stopped at 5.45pm ever since in remembrance.

A palace has stood on this site since the 12th century, though the building we see today is a heavily restored medley of styles and periods, two huge powder explosions in the 15th century and and the earthquake in 1667 having wreaked considerable damage. Despite all that, it's a beautiful building with mellow stone vaulted arcades and a lovely inner courtyard. The courtyard is used for concerts during the summer months, and the museum includes the apartments of the Rector, the arsenal, courtroom and prison. The colonnaded front is particularly attractive, both for the decorative carvings on its pillars and for the shade it offers on a hot Dubrovnik day.

Directions: Between Luza Square and the Cathedral
Open 9-7 every day in summer, 9-2 Monday-Saturday in winter
Entry charge for museum

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  • Updated Jul 28, 2011
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