Rector´s Palace

Situated in the heart of the city, Rector´s Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in whole Croatia.

Renovated in 2017. from EU funds, Palace became a modernly equipped cultural-historical complex and a new tourist attraction iz Zadar. This contemporarily equipped  cultural-historical complex extends on 2000 square meters and units at the same time a museum space, an atrium, concert hall, halls for temporary exhibitions, video gallery, a multimedia hall, and also rooms for educational and creational workshops. The Palace´s architecture, the ambiant space and the pictouresqness of the environment represents additional excitement for cultural enthusiasts. Modernly renovated Rector´s Palace became  during it´s first year of work a must-see-place in Zadar and won the annual Croatian tourist award in  the category of cultural attractions in 2017.




As a polyvalent cultural center Rector’s Palace strive to encompass the interests of different visitors with various programs:


• Permanent exhibition "Six Salon Stories"

• Occasional exhibitions

• Concerts

• Music-scene events

• Film projections

• Lectures and workshops

• Business meetings

• Festivals

• Special Events (Corporate Events, Gala Dinners, Weddings, Music Events)




The Rector´s Palace is a cultural monument  whose historical sources date back to the 13th century. Located in the eastern part of the historic core of the city of Zadar, along with the next-door Providur’s Palace , it represents the largest preserved historical complex within the city center remaining after the devastation during World War II.

The Palace was renovated in the 16th century and again in the 19th century during Austrian government when another reconstruction was carried out according to the project of Francis Zavoreo´s classicist architect, and served as the seat of the Land Government for Dalmatia together with Providur’s Palace.


In recent history Rector´s Palace had various functions mostly directed to cultural contents to fulfill the needs of town Zadar: for decades Palace was a home to numerous cultural contents and institutions  - City library, City ballet school and Concert Hall, and was stopped in it´s work  by heavy shelling in 1991. during Homeland War.


In the period from 2011 to 2014, the exhibition area of the National Museum of Zadar was set up in the Palace, which hosted numerous exhibitions, concerts, theater performances, international film festivals, diplomatic and city receptions.


Upon completion of the reconstruction of the Rector´s Palace in February 2017, the funds from the project "Renovation and Tourism Valorisation of the Cultural-Historic Complex of Rector´s Palace", approved for funding in the tender for the development of business infrastructure, from the Operational Program Regional Competitiveness 2007-2013, European fund for regional development begins its gradual transformation from a traditionally understood institution in culture to a dynamic cultural center.


The reconstruction of the Rector´s Palace is the first stage in the unification of the Zadar National Museum´s departments  in the Rector´s and Providur´s complexe on it´s way to create the first regional heritage museum - "The Heritage Center - The Museum of Two Palaces".





The painting that became a symbol of the city


The valuable baroque painting of "The Sacrifice of Iphigenia", an unknown master of the Venetian school, formed in the middle of the 18th century, was hidden for 70 years from the public eye after being damaged in the Second World War after terrible destruction of the city´s core, torn out of the box, folded in numerous place, cracked and torn apart. It came from the Collection Center to the holdings of the Gallery of Fine Arts of the National Museum in Zadar and stood deposited until it was restored and shone in its full beauty at the  exhibition in 2012. The picture of "The sacrifice of Iphigenia" thus becomes the symbol of the city and its historical destiny, a city that was devastated, plundered, survived the exodus and again emerged like a phoenix from the ashes.


How did  people in Zadar dressed in 19.century ?


Miniature portraits of members of the famous Zadar noble family Borelli are chronology of changing of fashion styles through periods. Walking through streets of Zadar in 1888, French travel writer Piere Bauron wrote about his walk: The people I met this evening are not the ones I saw this morning at the square. Men and women are dressed in the latest French fashion. In the women´s folk white and bright colours dominate, although aristocratic taste in dressing is felt withall walkers Had I not heard unknown language, I would have thought judging the clothes, to be in some Italian or South French city.



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23000 Zadar

Tel: 00385 23 627 764

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