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Dubrovnik Historic District/Site

Originally the location where all trade goods coming into Dubrovnik went to be taxed, this 16th-century Gothic Renaissance palace served as the mint, an arsenal, and eventually a place for the most educated citizens, called the "Academy of the Learned," to discuss cultural matters. It now contains the archives from the Republic, some of the most important documents in the city's history. There's not much to see inside except the occasional art exhibition, but the shady, arcaded interior is a lovely spot to escape the heat and crowds. Turn left as you enter to find the "Memorial Room for the Defenders of Dubrovnik," a small gallery with photographs of those who died defending the city, as well as the harbor under attack, and remnants of the flag that once flew atop Mount Srdj. Even if you're not interested in the palace itself, this heart-wrenching little gallery is worthwhile.

Historic District/Site Museum/Gallery

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Dubrovnik, Dubrovacko-Neretvanska  Croatia

020-321–032

Sight Details:
25 Kn, Memorial Room free Rate Includes: 25 Kn, 10–7 daily

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