The Arsan palace Cres

The Arsan palace, the oldest patrician palace in Cres, was constructed in the place of a former arsan (It. aresenale, shipyard), which is how it got its name “Arsan”. At present it is home to the Cres City Museum.
A bronze sculpture of Frane Petrić by Marija Ujević-Galetović stands in front of the museum. The Renaissance scholar Frane Petrić was born in Cres, but his family branch was connected to the nearby Moise palace. The Arsan palace, however, was commissioned by his relative from a different branch of the Petris family, bishop Antonio Marcello de Petris.
The construction of first patrician palaces in Cres started in the early 16th century, following the relocation of the seat of the local government from Osor to Cres. Local patrician families started commissioning houses in the new seat: Cres.
When it was first constructed, the palace was located at the very edge of the city walls, but today it is surrounded by other houses. The palace is an architectural mix of Gothic and Renaissance styles: its west façade was built in the Gothic style and the south façade reveals Renaissance style. The ground floor space was rented out to craftsmen and tradesmen, while the upper floors were used as living space. The former first-floor master bedroom hides one of the palace’s points of interest: a Renaissance toilet, located in a niche in the wall.
The palace has numerous coats of arms – most of them, of course, belonging to the Petris family.
The museum has eight structured collections. Material remnants of life on the island from prehistory to the late Middle Ages are stored in the Archaeological Collection. The Ethnographic Collection comprises articles of daily use, farming and fishing tools as well as the local garb from the period of 18th to 20th century. The Cultural and Historic Collection includes furniture, pictures, articles of daily use, weapons and liturgical equipment developed in the period ranging from 18th to 20th century. The Heraldic Collection consists of medals, medallions and coats of arms from the island of Cres some of which date as early as 16th century. The Numismatic Collection covers money samples from 2nd to 20th century. The most extensive collection is the Collection of old books and printed material originating from the foundations held by the Buničić, Koljevina and Moise families from the 16th to the 20th century. Besides, there are also the Technical Collection and the Varia Collection.
Opening hours for visitors:
from 1st April to 15th June and 15th September to 15h October:
Tuesday – Saturday 9 - 12 h
On holidays, Sundays and Mondays: closed
15th June – 15th September:
Tuesday – Sunday 10 - 13 and 19 - 23 h
Mondays: closed

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