On Saturday, September 16th, the renovated complex of the Rector’s Palace on Lopud was ceremoniously reopened. Numerous dignitaries attended the event, which began with the blessing of the palace by Bishop Roko Glasnović.
The host of the event, Vedran Kosović, the President of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities, addressed the gathering and spoke about how this was indeed a significant day for the Society. It signifies the continuation of relentless work in preserving, restoring, and presenting our heritage. Following the restoration of the Palaces in Slano and Pridvorje, this is the third Rector’s Palace open to the public, with the fourth in Janjina awaiting final touches and furnishing.
One of the strategic decisions of the Society is to restore the Rector’s Palaces to showcase how the Republic managed these areas. The next project, the Society's efforts, will be focused on the Rector’s Palace in Orebić.
Kosović emphasized, "Each Rector’s Palace has its own unique story, from its construction, service to the Republic, use after the Republic's fall, to the present day. None of them are the same; each has its own path, and each should be approached differently. What stands out regarding the restoration here on Lopud is the natural collaboration between the Society and the Caboga Stiftung Foundation. It's not just the amount donated to the Society that impresses but also the way this collaboration was achieved. From day one, it was simple, entirely open, and with a great deal of mutual respect. The Caboga Stiftung Foundation is the largest donor in the history of the Society, and the name of Mr. Ivo Felner will be engraved in golden letters in the society's history."
County Prefect Nikola Dobroslavić welcomed the efforts of the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities and expressed that Croatia has gained another gem of heritage. He congratulated everyone involved in making this project a reality, especially the Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities and the Felner family, as well as the Caboga Stiftung Foundation.
The grand opening was attended by Minister of Culture and Media Nina Obuljen Koržinek. She said, "It is a complete pleasure and a unique opportunity for me to open two such heritage cultural objects day after day. There are no words or thoughts to describe the excitement and joy of addressing this event today.”
The total amount spent on this investment, covering all technical documentation, construction and craft work, supervision, interior design, equipment, and setup, amounts to €2,026,000, entirely provided through a donation from the Caboga Stiftung Foundation.