Rijeka is a bustling, cosmopolitan town characterized by its fabulous history, its cultural edge and its waterborne leisure.
Check out what Rijeka’s history, culture, heritage, nature have to offer… what is worth a visit while you’re here and what you will remember Rijeka by.
Rijeka is reflected in Korzo, at Korzo you can read Rijeka. Anyone who, at least once, had a coffee at one of the terraces of numerous and picturesque café bars lined along this unusual promenade, would agree.
City Tower, a symbol of Rijeka and a good example of a typical round tower access-point, which lead into the fortified town. Today it dominates the central part of Korzo, although during its lifetime it was overtopped by more recently constructed buildings.
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.
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.
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.
Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral was founded in 1961, and contains a maritime, cultural and historical, ethnographic and archaeological department. Some of the original pieces from the Governor’s palace have been preserved and presented in the salons, including furniture and art objects belonging to the periods from Renaissance to Historicism, as well as a collection of portraits of the most prominent citizens of Rijeka.
We all know that a city without its own museum is not a city. Rijeka’s City Museum awaits its visitors in the Governor’s Palace Park. The activity of this institution can be seen in various areas of activity, including collecting, treatment and restoration, research of the city’s (and not only the city’s) past and organising exhibitions on important historical themes.
The Museum is oriented towards marine research and has a specialised library in the field of biology, geology and palaeontology. Visitors can enjoy the rich collections and permanent exhibition representing the geological past of the Adriatic, oceanographic research, minerals, marine invertebrates, sharks and rays, the “Aquarium” multimedia centre and reptiles and amphibians from the Rijeka area.
The Museum is working on a number of collections. These are collections of works by national artists Božidar Rašica, Romolo Venucci and Slavko Grčko, as well as collections of drawings, graphics, sculptures, posters, paintings, photographs and media art. The exhibition activities take place in Dolac Street as well as in the Mali salon, on Korzo.