Architectural Heritage


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.


Comprehensive multidisciplinary research of Veliki Tabor Castle, carried out by the Croatian Conservation Institute since 1995, has yielded new information about the castle. On the basis of the research results, long and very demanding conservation work, building and artisanal activities aimed at conserving the castle commenced in 2006. Over two construction phases, the pentagonal keep and courtyard galleries were renovated, the wall structures and all the ceilings were completely repaired, and the dilapidated roof structure and roofing were replaced. The conservation campaign encompassed wall paintings and stone elements, and the museum spaces were made operational. On completion of the second phase of work in the autumn of 2011, after nearly four years, Veliki Tabor was again opened to visitors.


A team of experts from the Croatian Conservation Institute has carried out years of comprehensive conservation research of the Administrative Building of the former Sugar Refinery in Rijeka. The programme encompassed various activities, ranging from historical and archival research, through inspection of the physical condition and statics of the building, to conservation research of the architecture, stucco decoration, wall paintings, tile stoves, joinery and metalwork. The final conservation research study, completed in 2006, offers guidelines for the building's renovation and some new information about the purpose of this building as a notable residential and administrative palace.


The Villa Cesare in Savudrija is a combined property for leisure and farming dating from the 19th century, composed of a large hall with a tower and farming facilities, nowadays largely run-down. In 2010, the Croatian Conservation Institute carried out conservation research of the property, and established various phases in its development. On that occasion, decorative wall paintings were also discovered. The research project has contributed to a better understanding of the relatively neglected 19th-c. leisure architecture of Istria.


The mediaeval noble castle of Sokolac was the most important centre of the powerful Croatian princes of Krk in the region of Lika. Beneath its strong walls, in turbulent times, the settlement of Brinje came into existence. Because of its representative architecture and visits of kings and other prominent personalities, it belongs among the historical monuments of Croatian cultural heritage.

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