Permanent exhibition

The permanent exhibition gives a brief overview of the life of Kastavština from the first inhabitants in prehistoric times to the present day.


The oldest period is evidenced by archaeological materials, among which the Illyrian sword from the 10th century BC stands out. Kr. A replica of it is on display, while the original is kept in the Archaeological Museum in Zagreb.

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One of the most important archeological sites is the prehistoric cemetery of Mišinac at the foot of Kastav, from which numerous archaeological finds such as ceramic vessels, bronze buckles and pendants, buttons, etc. originates.


In the period of antiquity, Kastavština lost its importance, and in the Middle Ages, during which it was inhabited by Slavs, it again became interesting to noble families. After the unification of Croatia and Hungary, Kastavština belonged to the Dukes of Devin (from Duin near Trieste), and since they had no heirs, their possessions were inherited by the Counts of Walsee. During the period of their rule, in 1400, the Kastav Code was written down. It was preserved only in later transcriptions, but it is assumed that it was written in Glagolitic script in the Croatian language. It is a document based on customary law and which governs the rights and obligations of the inhabitants of the Kastav Dominion. It was supplemented and expanded over time, and the rulers of Kastavština recognized it, as evidenced by the Diploma of Joseph II, which gives the people of Kastav the right to elect judges and councilors.

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The use of Glagolitic script in Kastav was widespread in the late Middle Ages and early modern times, as evidenced by the fragment of the bell from the nave of the Church of St. Viktor at the foot of Kastav and stone blocks and thresholds with carved Glagolitic inscriptions.


With the arrival of the Jesuits in the 17th century, the people of Kastav were very dissatisfied with the additional levies. In Kastav, the construction of the church of St. Mary begins. The church is known today as Crekvina to which numerous legends are attached. It was never completed due to the abolition of the Jesuit order. It was preserved in an unfinished form and today represents one of the most attractive localities in the city.
After the fall of Napoleon’s empire, Kastav fell under Austrian rule, and in 1848 feudalism and the Kastav lordship were abolished.


The town of Kastav has a significant educational and cultural activity. Thus, we find the first beginnings with the founding of the People’s School in 1770 (by the decree of Maria Theresa on compulsory education for children), which was originally for boys, and later for girls. The founding of the Reading Room in Kastav in 1866 promoted the Croatian language and culture. Schooling in Kastav continued to expand, thus the Teacher’s School was founded in 1875, and the Worker’s School in 1885.


Cultural and educational activities were marked by societies such as Istrian villa from Kastav, Domuljub from Rukavac and Sv. Mihovila from Rubeša, through whose activities the Croatian language, literature and culture and education were nurtured.


With the town of Kastav, we associate the famous personalities of the Istrian trefoil revivalists, Matko Mandić, Matko Laginja and Vjekoslav Spinčić. The famous writer Vladimir Nazor marked the early years of the 20th century by staying in Kastav as the director of the Teacher’s School.


After the First World War, the Western part of the former Kastav Dominion belonged to the Kingdom of Italy by the Rapala Agreements of 1919 and the Rome Agreements of 1924 until the end of the Second World War in 1945.

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The daily life and economic activity of the population at the end of the 19th and in the 20th century is shown in thematic ethnographic exhibitions.




Events in December

Events in December

THE GOVERNOR'S PALACE Trg Riccarda Zanelle 1, Rijeka Hours: Mon: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tue-Sat: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Closed on holidays. Every Thursday, admission to all locations of the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral...

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Events in December

Events in September

Every Thursday, admission to all locations of the Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka is free of charge. EXHIBITION BOCCE AND BOCCE CONVERSATIONS conceived by: Ivana Šarić Žic organizer: Maritime and History Museum of the Croatian Littoral...

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