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City Museum of Å¡ibenik

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City Museum of Å¡ibenik is located in the building of the Prince's Palace. The Palace was built by the family Altav in the 13th and 14th centuries in the Baroque style. It was built in the era of Venetian rule.

The Palace was built as a fortification to protect the city from intruders. To this day preserved the two wings of the once huge building that housed the representatives of the Venetian authorities - princes.

South of the main building located square tower is one of the most famous defensive buildings in this part of the coast. The tower was built in the 14th century. Between the tower and the Palace of the preserved city gates (XVI century), built in the Renaissance style.

Above the Gothic gate located in the South wing of the castle is the coat of arms with the image of St. Michael - the patron Saint of the city. Also here a statue of the city ruler Nicholas Marcella.

For a long time the Palace was the Prince's residence, but after the First World war received a national heritage status. After some time in the Palace is a Museum.

Museum's first exhibits was a rare furniture, works of art, collection of coins, ancient seals, coats of arms, archival documents, owned by the family of Eltav. But later the Museum began to grow and soon the Museum was divided into several departments: archaeological, cultural-historical, contemporary history and Ethnography.

In different departments of the Museum contains fine works of the old masters, graphics, weapons, old photographs, postcards, rare books, coins, jewelry, ceramic products, household items, items for the Liturgy, musical instruments, belonging to the reign of the Venetian Republic. Total Museum has about 150,000 exhibits.

The Museum staff has achieved significant results not only in finding and retaining the material, but also in research activities. Them at different times were studied and described many archaeological monuments found in the vicinity of Sibenik. The Museum has held more than 300 exhibitions, each of them published exhibition catalogs.

In 1991, the Museum building was badly damaged during the war, many of the exhibits and art objects were removed. The restoration work lasted until 2001.