The Rector's Palace ( Knezev Dvor)
Dvorom 3, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Rector's Palace ( Knezev Dvor) Dubrovnik Reviews
The Rector's Palace Jul 02, 2010
Again this place is included on the Dubrovnik Card, so it is value for money.
The original building was done by Onforio, he of the Fountains fame, but it was damaged by an explosion in the arsenal.Obviously not the brightest as they rebuilt it with the arsenal in the same place and inevitably it blew up again :D
On entering you go through a room with some stone carvings, and then into a room where they have some really old kind of safes and then you come back out into the courtyard.
In the courtyard is a bust of Miho Pracat, the only commoner to be honoured in Ragusa, after he left all his money to the state. being a commoner the rulers didn't want it to be to public so they stuck it in here.
Heading upstairs you caome to a long room with furniture,tables and chandaliers. the thing to note in here is the clock, which was stopped at 5-45, the time the city surrendered to Napoleon.
Walk from here through into the Rector's Study and in a display case here are the keys to the gates of the Old Town. There are a couple of other rooms, a sitting room and a bedroom, before you come back out to the central stair well.
You pass what looks like steps that just go into the wall, but there is a narrow passage in it that takes you into a room with the history of the Ragusan nobles. There is a picture of the coats of arms of the last Ragusan noble families. At the time when Ragusa was annexed by the Austro-Hungarian empire, the Ragusans didn't want their blood to lose it's putity by mixing with the Austo Hungarians and all of them refused to have any children so the all the lineage of the Ragusan nobles died out.
In the next room are the two orignial bronze Jacks, called Maro and Baro, that used to strike the bell in the tower.
Up in the other wing are some weapons and some clocks.Once you go down stairs again you can go into what was the prison and go in through the really small door into the cell.
A really good insight into how such a small state managed to maintain it's independance for 1000 years
Part of the Balkans Summer Tour - July 2010 travel blog
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