Governor’s Palace in Rijeka, Governor’s Palace in Rijeka, Governor’s Palace in Rijeka
The Governor’s Palace In Rijeka was originally used as the residence of the reagents/governors of the Hungarian crown who controlled Rijeka. Rijeka came under Hungarian control in 1869 thanks to their trickery during the negotiations with the Austrian court. The Hungarian crown reigned over Rijeka from then until 1918.
In 1892 the governor of Rijeka Ljudevit Batthyany decided that he and the future governors of Rijeka need a building suitable to their rank. So he hired an architect named Alajous Hauszmann from Budapest to design the palace. Hauszmann designed a high renaissance palace, which is famous for its simplistic exterior – specific for that time period – and white stone finish. The Governor’s Palace is rising on a plateau and is facing the harbor which makes for an impressive view. The construction process was supervised by the close associate of Hauszmann’s Ferenc Jablonszky. The construction was finished in 1897 and it gave Rijeka one of the most impressive renaissance palaces in Croatia.
The interior of the Governor’s Palace is decorated with artwork and objects manufactured by the artisans from Rijeka, which wasn’t the case always, as the Hungarian crown preferred to have Hungarians work on such undertakings. The interior of the palace contains two saloons, called the Red and Green saloon, a rather spacious atrium, a big Marbel hall and a boudoir that served as the sleeping quarters of the reigning governor. The palace has been listed as one of the objects on the list of the Cultural Monuments of the Republic of Croatia.
Today the palace serves as the home of the Maritime and Historical Museum of Rijeka and the Croatian Littoral and it has been its home since 1955. The role of the Museum is to serve as a link between the modern and historical Rijeka and its surrounding region. The Museum hosts both permanent exhibitions along with various visiting ones that came and went during the years. The permanent exhibits in the Museum range from archeological, cultural, art and maritime thematic, and the time period they originate from ranges all the way back to the prehistoric era up until the modern times.
The building itself along with its architecture makes the visit to it a worthwhile one, while the Museum exhibitions just add to its appeal that much more. So if you come to Rijeka be sure to visit the Museum in order to get the full appreciation of this wonderful city and its people.
The opening hours of the museum are the following:
• Monday: 9 am – 4 pm
• Tuesday – Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm
• Sunday: 4 pm – 8 pm
• The Museum is closed on public holidays.
Tel/fax: +385 51 21 35 78
Phone: +385 51 55 36 67, +385 51 55 36 66
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