Sponza Palace © Marcin Konsek
Built between 1516 and 1522, the Sponza Palace was the centre of medieval Dubrovnik. A mixture of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles, it's one of the most beautiful and well-preserved palaces in the city. It has been suggested that the style of building gives some indication of what public buildings in Dubrovnik may have looked like before they were destroyed in an earthquake in 1667. Although this natural disaster caused considerable destruction to Dubrovnik, the palace itself was largely undamaged. Today, it houses the Dubrovnik archive, which contains 7,000 volumes and about 100,000 individual scripts. The atrium of the palace is an art gallery showcasing various exhibitions from contemporary artists, as well as those prominent in Dubrovnik's past.