The Best Travel Guide to Rijeka

St. Vitus’ Cathedral

St. Vitus’ Cathedral is the only Baroque rotunda of monumental proportions built on Croatian soil. The construction of this church, designed by the Jesuit architect G. Briano, began in 1638. It was made on the model of the famous Venetian church of Santa Maria della Salute. The location selected for the construction of the St. Vitus’ church was an elevated area at the heart of the then still medieval urban tissue. Initially, there was a small church of the same name, dedicated to the city's patron saint. The Jesuits, as the creators of the project, primarily decided to use the cult of the Miraculous Crucifix from the small church, which, according to popular legend, started bleeding when a certain Petar Lončarić threw a stone at it after exploding with rage over a gambling loss. The early Gothic crucifix is incorporated into the Baroque main altar of the new church, which, in the spirit of storytelling piety inherent to miraculous relics, also houses Lončarić's stone and a small bronze hand.
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Old Gateway or Roman Arch

The Old Gateway or Roman Arch is not a Roman triumphal arch, as was once presumed, but a representative main entrance to the centre of the Late Antique command compound of the Roman Tarsatica, an ancient town on whose ruins the medieval Rijeka was built. Rijeka’s common people were right in calling this ancient monument simply the Gateway, while the name Roman Arch has been gradually accepted since Classicism, when it started to be documented and researched.
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Peek&Poke - Computer Museum / Childhood Museum

Those who peek into Rijeka’s computer museum and poke through its past will be amazed by the speed at which our technological future has become our past. The museum has over 2000 exhibits of international and Croatian computer, audio, video and photo technology. The first Croatian museum dedicated to childhood, games, books and toys loved by many generations before they "decided" to become all grown up and serious. The Childhood Museum offers more than 600 exhibits among which the oldest toy dates back to 1900. It is thematically divided into the Creation Park, Fossil Zone, Social Circle, Advertising Passage, Book Corner, Doll Empire, Sand Arena, Street Call and In Front of the Screen.
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The Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka

The museum is headquartered in the former Governor's Palace, a historicist edifice and protected cultural monument. The Governor's Palace was constructed in 1896 and designed by Alajos Hauszmann, one of the foremost Hungarian architects during the time when Rijeka was under Hungarian rule. Today, the palace houses the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral, which was established in 1961 and comprises maritime, historical and cultural, ethnographic and archaeological departments. Some of the original items from the Governor's Palace, such as furniture and artisan craft-work, have been preserved and exhibited in salons on the first floor. The permanent exhibition of the museum provides an interactive and modern platform for showcasing the long, rich and tumultuous history and culture of living in the area of what is today Primorje-Gorski Kotar County from prehistoric times to the present day.
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Memorial library and collection Mažuranić-Brlić-Ružić, Villa Ružić

The main part of this collection is Ivan Mažuranić’s library and his archive. The manuscript of Gundulić’s epic poem, Osman, from 1647 is stored here, a gift from Petar Petrović Njegoš. The library has eight thousand books and the archive with two thousands volumes. In 1947, the villa received the status of monument heritage. The symbol of the collection is the ring of Smail-aga Čengić, the main character in Mažuranić’s epic poem of the same name.
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