Posted by: viewfromtheriva | December 28, 2012

Zadar’s Museum of Ancient Glass sparkles


A stunning 2ndC Roman covered vase with a wall mural of the excavation sitevase with huntersOverlooking the Zadar harbor in the beautifully restored 1863 historical palace of the Cosmecendi family is Zadar’s Museum of Ancient Glass.  It’s a unique museum, not only in Croatia, but in the entire world, with more than 2,000 glass objects dating from the 1st century BC to the 5th century AD.

Most of the objects were discovered right here, and the wall murals and videos throughout the 2,500 sq. meter building dramatically show archaeologists busy at work at sites in Zadar, Nin, Starigrad beneath Velebit and in Asseria near Benkovac.

The museum has a ground floor museum shop featuring replicas of the collection as well as glass jewelry–all of which is made in a glass-blowing workshop on the upper floor where visitors can watch masters at work through a glass wall.

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