The Revelin is not so Reve-alin’ in Dubrovnik

Archeaology Museum of Dubrovnik, Dubrovački muzeji; Dubrovnik, Croatia, April 2017

It is a testament to the builders of the Revelin Fortress that it survived the 1667 earthquake which damaged pretty much everything in Dubrovnik.  Built in 1463, it was the strongest of the city fortresses, protecting it from the marauders from the east, and it now plays host to a museum and a famous nightclub.  I didn’t go to the club, but frankly no-one seems to go the museum, so if you want to, you can have a good old dance around the exhibits.

According the DU’M’s own definition, this is the location of their Archaeological Museum.  However, it’s actually the site they use for exhibitions, which at present is of Early Medieval Sculpture.  There is also something on archaeological research on the Revelin Fort.  Apparently, despite the fact that their archaeological holdings are considerable, there is no permanent home for these items to be displayed.  This seems a terrible shame, because they say they have artifacts from the Neolithic period onwards.  Hopefully this will be sorted out soon.

The items on display are from excavations in and around Dubrovnik.  There were some lovely and interesting architectural elements from churches dating from the 9th century onward.  Sadly the NO PHOTO rule was in play again, so you’ll have to rely on the DU’M website.  Pun intended.  Many of the finds currently on display are actually rather interesting – mainly because they are pre-Romanesque/Romanesque.  There is a bulky daintiness about the patterns and designs carved into the works, some of which look quite Celtic.

The museum also hold smaller exhibitions, some of which involve touring exhibitions from elsewhere.

Further Information

Entry is free with the Dubrovnik and D’UM card.  Information about the museum is limited but available in English: www.dumus.hr

How to Get There

The museum is near the harbour of Dubrovnik old town.  You go through a city gate by the Dominican Monastery and continue over the Revelin bridge.  There are signs for the museum.  But here is a link to a handy map: www.godubrovnik.com

 

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