Sponza Palace

The Sponza Palace is a 16th-century palace in Dubrovnik. The rectangular building with an inner courtyard was built in a mixed Gothic and Renaissance style between 1516 and 1522 by Paskoje Miličević Mihov. The loggia and sculptures were crafted by the brothers Andrijić and other stonecutters.

The palace has served a variety of public functions, including as a customs office and bonded warehouse, mint, armoury, treasury, bank and school. It became the cultural center of the Republic of Ragusa with the establishment of the Academia dei Concordi, a literary academy, in the 16th century. It survived the 1667 earthquake without damage. The palace features an inscription: FALLERE NOSTRAVETANT; ET FALL PONDERE: MEQVE PONDERO CVM MERCES PONDERAT IPSE DEUS, which means: “We are forbidden to cheat and use false measures, and when I weigh goods, God weighs me”.

Today, the palace is a home of the Dubrovnik’s State Archives and the Museum to the Dubrovnik Defenders. The graceful atrium is used as an exhibition space and venue for recitals.