Dubrovnik’s 15-century, Gothic-Renaissance–style Rector’s Palace contains the rector’s office and private chambers as well as public halls, courtrooms, and a former dungeon. Interestingly, the rector’s term was for only one month, during which time he was confined to the palace and allowed to leave only on official republic business.
Built in the late 15th century for the elected rector of the Republic of Ragusa, today Rector’s Palace is home to the Cultural History Museum, filled with paintings and coats of arms of noble families, original keys to the city gates, and important documents and artifacts showcasing the history of the republic. Don’t miss a visit to the dungeons—and be on the lookout for carvings inscribed by previous occupants.
Most sightseeing tours of Old Town Dubrovnik stop to admire Rector’s Palace and some may include a guided tour where you’ll learn about Dubrovnik’s fascinating history and marvel at Renaissance art.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Rector’s Palace is a must-see for history and art enthusiasts.
- An admission ticket is required; some tours include admission.
- The museum is mostly accessible to wheelchair users.
How to Get There
Rector’s Palace is found between Town Hall and the cathedral on Pred Dvorom in Old Town Dubrovnik. Old Town is pedestrian-only, so if driving, park outside the city and then walk or take a bus to the Old Town gates.
When to Visit
Rector’s Palace is open year-round, with reduced operating hours during the winter months. Rector’s Palace can get very busy in summer, so visit early in the morning or later in the day if you want a more peaceful experience. If you’re not bothered by crowds, visiting midday can provide a nice reprieve from the summer sun.
Other Don’t-Miss Dubrovnik Attractions
You can easily spend your entire time in Dubrovnik wandering through the cobbled streets of Old Town, checking out the major sights and sipping cappuccinos on cosy café terraces. Start with a guided walking tour to make sure you see all of the essentials. You won’t want to miss the Church of St. Blaise, Orlando’s Column, the Franciscan Monastery, and a walk around the city’s ancient walls.