Fodor's Expert Review Rector's Palace
One of the most significant buildings along the Croatian Coast, this was the administrative center of the Dubrovnik Republic. It's where the Grand Council and Senate held their meetings and the chief citizen, the Rector, lived and did business during his one-month term. It also held a courtroom, prisons, meeting halls, and a gunpowder room, which exploded twice in the 15th century. The explosions, plus the earthquake of 1667, required the building to be reconstructed over the years in varying Baroque, Renaissance, and Gothic styles. The palace is now home to the Cultural Historical Museum, containing exhibits that give a picture of life in Dubrovnik from early days until the fall of the republic.