Palace Moise


The Moise Palace, patrician townhouse, is a 500-year-old Renaissance palace located in the old town center of the City of Cres. The Moise Palace is registered as a cultural heritage of the Republic of Croatia, listed in the Register of Cultural Heritage, under reference number Z-3957. In order to renovate the Palace, the City of Cres (owner) and the University of Rijeka (user and holder of educational and scientific content) agreed to work together on long-term maintenance and management of cultural values.


Following the Letter of Intent (September 5th, 2008) by Academician Daniel Rukavina and Letter of Intent (October 20th, 2010) by the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka, the University of Rijeka expressed its support for the project of renovation of the Moise Palace, the largest Renaissance building in Cres, and as a holder of educational and scientific content connected with the City of Cres, the owner of the Palace.
Pursuant to the Decision adopted by the University of Rijeka Senate on December 21st, 2010, the University of Rijeka made an Agreement with the City of Cres on the purpose of the Palace. In September 2012, former Rector Pero Lučin signed the Agreement on Joint Establishment of Educational Center operating in the Palace, thus laying the foundations for future use of the Palace as an educational center for the development and implementation of academic content. With the Key Handover Ceremony held on April 26th, 2019, on behalf of the University of Rijeka, Madam Rector Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., took over the obligation to carry out scientific and educational work in the Palace for the period of 30 years.


Through the preparation and implementation of academic content at the Palace, the University of Rijeka ensures the functional utilization of this unique space of culture, with which the island of Cres and the wider region receive new content, as well as a developmental stimulus with the aim of improving the quality of life and work. Research and educational activities to be carried out in the North Adriatic cultural monument – in one of the most monumental buildings of the early 16thcentury and the largest patrician Renaissance city palace in the Republic of Croatia – are of great importance and a true privilege that aims to attract national and international institutions and partners, scientists, teachers, students and all interested citizens from the island of Cres and its surroundings.

The University of Rijeka considers this to be an excellent opportunity to fulfill its mission and social responsibility to contribute to the community, both through the development of quality research in the field of humanities and social sciences, as well as the organization of educational programs for interested citizens. As a University which takes great pride in its openness and international recognition, we consider the Moise Palace to be a space of freedom, cooperation, creativity and social innovation for the benefit of the citizens and their quality of life.

Media Coverage

Key Handover Ceremony:
Upon completion of the renovation of the Palace, the largest Renaissance building in Cres, the Key Handover Ceremony took place on April 26th, 2019. The contractor, Ing-grad Company from Zagreb, handed over the keys to the Central Finance and Contracting Agency, signatory of the Agreement on the reconstruction works, Ministry of Culture, project beneficiary, City of Cres, owner, and the University of Rijeka, the user of the Palace.
Open Days:
On October 1st, 2019, the University of Rijeka marked the beginning of a new academic year organizing the Moise Palace Open Days. The event served as an opportunity to present the 10th generation of young researchers from the Center for Advanced Studies of Southeast Europe, who presented their respective fields of research to the citizens and guests. The gathered guests and friends were greeted by Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., University of Rijeka Rector, Mr. Krešimir Partl, State Secretary from the Ministry of Culture, Mr. Kristijan Jurjako, City of Cres Mayor, and Ms. Türkan Karakurt, Director of Friedrich Ebert Foundation Zagreb.
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