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DUCAL PALACE

DUCAL PALACE
Zadar, Croatia
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BACKGROUND

From the High Middle Ages through the 20th century, the Ducal Palace of Zadar stood witness to the evolution of the city and survived countless attacks and occupations. While two-thirds of the city was leveled during World War II, the palace survived with minimal damage. During the Balkans conflict in the early 1990s, however, the building was shelled and suffered considerable damage. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Through grants from American Express and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, WMF guided officials from the town of Zadar as they undertook emergency repairs to stabilize the building to prevent further damage and collapse. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Early records mention the Ducal Palace as having been built around 1200. It is known to have gone through at least two renovations in the 16th and 19th centuries, which transformed original medieval design into the intriguing amalgamation of architectural styles that survives today. (...)