The Rector’s Palace served as the seat of the Rector of the Republic of Ragusa between the 14th century and 1808. Built in Gothic-Renaissance styles, there are some Baroque additions.
After the fire of 1435 which gutted the building, the job of rebuilding was entrusted to Onofrio di Giordano della Cava of Naples, the master builder who had been contracted to build the water supply system…of Onoforio’s Fountain fame.
Today the palace serves as the Cultural History Museum and inside you can visit the Rector’s office, private chambers and administrative offices all decked out in portraits, coats of arms and other Dubrovnik regalia. Visit the dungeon.
The atrium with it’s magnificent stone staircase is the setting for many a spring/summer musical concert. If you buy a ticket to the concert you can wander around the atrium and upstairs during intermission but can’t view the exhibits.