Rector's Palace#8 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
Also known as the Cultural History Museum, Rector's Palace isn't what you think of when you imagine a monarch's residence. Perhaps, that's because each rector only lived there for one-month stints at time. This system was in place in the Dubrovnik republic until 1806, when Napoleonic forces ended its sovereignty. Now, you can explore the halls of this public palace. The internal courtyard stands as the most memorable feature, but there is also the city museum on the second floor, which includes more than 10,000 objects from the end of the 15th century to the 20th century. Artifacts on display include everything from furniture and photographs to postcards and old weaponry.
Recent visitors provided mixed reviews. Some enjoyed learning about the city's history through the variety of objects on display, while others thought the ticket price was too steep for the museum's contents. A few past travelers said the museum is only worth touring if you purchased the Dubrovnik Card, which covers entry to the Rector's Palace.
Sandwiched between the Dubrovnik Cathedral and St. Blaise's Church, the Rector's Palace occupies the best real estate in Old Town right on the water and at the end of Stradun, Dubrovnik's main street. The museum is part of an entity called the Dubrovnik Museums, composed of the Cultural History Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Ethnographic Museum and the Archaeology Museum.
Admission costs about 100 kuna for adults (or about $15) and 50 kuna for children (about $7.50). A combination ticket for 130 kuna (about $19) gets you into all the Dubrovnik Museums and other attractions. The Rector's Palace is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except from November through March, when it closes at 4 p.m. For more information, check out the museum's website.
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#1 City Walls
The first thing you'll see as you approach Dubrovnik from the sky or the sea is the city walls. These ancient fortifications were built and rebuilt in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries as the threat of Turkish invaders grew. At some points, the walls are almost 20 feet thick and 82 feet high. They enclose the entire Old Town, protected by strategically placed forts and towers.
Since the eminent threat of invaders has dissipated, the walls have become a tourist favorite, and set the dramatic stage for shows like "Game of Thrones." Atop the city walls, you'll enjoy some of the best views of Dubrovnik's tiled-roof buildings and the blue sea. During the Summer Festival, Shakespeare plays and other performances take place in some of the forts along the wall. While recent visitors warned you may have to wait in line to get up to the walls, it's worth it for the amazing views.
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