The Museum of Vodnjan – Bettica Palace

Bettica Palace was named after the Bettica family which received its noble title in the 16th century, along with a large estate close to Betiga near Barbariga. This family from Verona came to Istria and became the owners of the palace that was presumably built in the 14th century. In the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, palace had a lot of owners and were under massive reconstructions and changes. Years later, it is bought by the descendant of the Bettica family, and the palace itself became part of the protected cultural site.

Bettica Palace is located near the Kaštel, and the stories suggest that it is connected to it with a tunnel. It is assumed that it was built for the leisure of the rich Vodnjan families, and later adapted for residential purposes. A museum has opened in the palace at the end of May 2008 on three levels. On the ground level there are many archeological findings from the early medieval sacred objects in the Gurana area and the Church of St Simon and a large three-nave basilica, along with the remains found in Gurana, the Church of St Cecilia and St Severine. On the first floor there is a valuable painting collection which was put together by Gaetano Gresler, Venetian painter, and left to Vodnjan in 1818. There are a total of 19 pictures, mostly of profane thematic (still life, portrait and battles) from the 17th and 18th century. Second floor is about the palace itself (history, reconstruction) and the future Museum of Vodnjan and the citizens who have contributed with valuable objects.

 

The Museum of Vodnjan – Bettica Palace

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Address

Address:

Vodnjan

GPS:

44.960469, 13.849805999999944

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Opening Hours

Monday

10 – 12 h

Tuesday

10 – 12h and 19 – 21 h

Wednesday

10 – 12 h

Thursday

10 – 12h and 19 – 21 h

Friday

10 – 12 h

Saturday

10 – 12h and 19 – 21 h

Sunday

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