Rector's Palace#7 in Best Things To Do in Dubrovnik
Also known as the Dubrovnik 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. Here, you'll find antique furniture and works from local artists. You should also examine the bizarre collection of clocks. Reviews of the palace are generally positive; however, the museum lacks much warm praise. One TripAdvisor user reports: "The building itself is lovely, with a beautiful staircase in the courtyard. However, I found the actual exhibits rather boring."
Sandwiched between the Dubrovnik Cathedral and St. Blaise Church, the Rector's Palace occupies the best real estate in Old Town right on the water and at the end of Stradun, old town's main street. Admission costs about 40 HRK (or about $8 USD). The palace is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round with extended hours till 6 p.m. in the summer. For more information, check out the Dubrovnik Museums 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. 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. A recent IgoUgo.com visitor advises: "Make sure your cameras prepared and you have something to drink and a hat (the Dalmatian sun can take a heavy toll on you if you're not prepared -- there's very little shade on the walls). There's also some stair climbing along the way, so children might better wait down below."
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