Dubrovački »zelenci«

The Story of the Dubrovnik Bronze Jacks

These movable bronze sculptures of mythical soldiers struck the hours on the Dubrovnik City Bell Tower, built in 1444-5, for more than four centuries
Restauriranje dubrovačkog Tiziana

Conservation of the Dubrovnik’s Titian

The painting 'St Mary Magdalene, St Blaise, the Archangel Raphael with Tobias and the Donator' was painted by Tiziano Vecellio around 1550

Tulsamerican, the Legendary WW II Bomber

The aircraft wreck found in the vicinity of the island of Vis is the remains of an American Second World War bomber

Noble Castle of Sokolac

The mediaeval noble castle of Sokolac was the most important centre of the powerful Croatian princes of Krk in the region of Lika

Sanctuary of St. Jerome's Church in Štrigova

The conservation of illusionistic wall paintings by John the Baptist Ranger in the sanctuary of the Baroque Pauline Church has been underway since 2000

Europa Nostra

European Commission's Prize for Cultural Heritage, the Europa Nostra Award, is the highest European acknowledgement in the field of cultural heritage. Among this year's laureates are two exceptional achievements from Croatia: St. Martin’s Chapel in Stari Brod in the Conservation category, and art historian Ferdinand Meder, chairman of the Institute's Steering Council, in the Dedicated Service category.

'Portal' Journal


Croatian Conservation Institute's periodical, Portal, is a peer-reviewed academic journal published annually since 2010. Directed at presenting research and professional papers on investigations, treatments, results, theoretical reflections and historical overviews, Portal is open to all those who wish to contribute, professionally and scholarly, to the reflection and promotion of art conservation and restoration. Owing to its comprehensive abstracts in English, the basic content of each paper is also available to international experts.

International projects

EwaGlos – European Illustrated Glossary for Conservation Terms of Wall Painting and Architectonic Surfaces


EwaGlos (European Illustrated Glossary for Conservation Terms of Wall Painting and Architectonic Surfaces) is the title of the international project which has for a goal the development of multilingual illustrated dictionary for conservation terms of wall painting and architectonic surfaces. Several chapters of the dictionary will cover the basic terminology from this field: materials, artists and techniques, state of monuments, phenomena of its aging and deterioration and methods of the conservation and restoration. With the adequate structure of its content and the translations of high quality the intention is that everybody can use this dictionary. The experts and the institutions from seven different countries are participating in the project. One of the partners is the Croatian Conservation Institute, represented by Ivan Srša, consultant conservator-restorer in the Department for Wall Paintings and Mosaics.
The Claustra Project – “Stone Barriers of the Roman Empire” Approved by the IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme Slovenia-Croatia



Out of 228 project proposals submitted 39 were approved, among them a project in which the Croatian Conservation Institute is taking part. The project led by the Institute for the Protection of Cultural Heritage of Slovenia is aimed at revitalizing the historical Claustra Alpium Iuliarum Roman limes in the territories of Croatia and Slovenia and is due to last 15 months. The signing of the contract is scheduled for March 2014 and the complete value of the project amounts to 604.200 €.

Selected Topics

International scientific and professional conference “Contemporary Experiences in Conservation of Wall Paintings”

“Contemporary Experiences in Conservation of Wall Paintings” is the title of scientific and professional conference in the field of conservation of wall paintings, which was organized by the Croatian Conservation Institute and held from 8th10th July 2015 at the House of Frescoes in the Istrian town of Draguć.

The Renovation of St. James's Cathedral in Šibeniksvjakov_blog

Croatian Conservation Institute began in 2012 with the documenting, investigating and conservation trials on the stone sculpture in the interior of the presbytery and the main apse of St. James’s Cathedral in Šibenik. A major architectural achievement of the 15th and 16th century in Croatia, the Cathedral of Šibenik has won its global recognition in 2000, when it was entered in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The renovated Villa Bunić-Kaboga in Rijeka Dubrovačkakaboga_blog

After three years of renovation work, the newly made-over Villa Bunić-Kaboga in Rijeka Dubrovačka opened its door to visitors. Built in the first half of the 16th century, with Gothic-Renaissance style characteristics, then rebuilt and expanded in the 18th and the 19th century according to the taste of the times, this seafront villa complex represents an exquisite example of the Dubrovnik architecture. However, the inappropriate building interventions and usages in the 20th century, the construction of the Adriatic Highway and the coastal filling, and eventually the destruction wrought during the Croatian War of Independence, inflicted permanent damage to the villa. A comprehensive renovation of the villa was initiated and almost completely financed by the last living descendant of the Caboga family, Dr. Ivo Felner, through the Batahovina Foundation. The renovation project was based on comprehensive art-historical research conducted by Dr. Nada Grujić, and grounded on presenting the original layer as well as the 18th-century expansion. The renovated villa is designated to become a workspace for wall painting and mosaics, paper and leather conservators of the Croatian Conservation Institute.

Church of St. Mark in Zagreb: architecture, history, conservation

svmarko_mThe collection of six papers on the history of St. Mark’s Church was published to mark the completion of its year-long renovation. Croatian Conservation Institute, which supervised the larger part of the renovation, initiated the monograph, aiming to compile all existing insights into the construction history of the church, which revealed it to be a particularly multi-layered monument.

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