Dobrovo Castle


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Muzejska zbirka Grad Dobrovo
Grajska cesta 10, SI-5212 Dobrovo
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Managed byGoriška Museum
Tanja Gomiršek, Historian, Curator
Phone386 (0) 5 395 9587
Herko Saksida, Art Historian Curator
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The Renaissance Dobrovo Castle was erected around 1600 on the site of an older fortification. Situated at the west side of Dobrovo settlement it overlooks Goriška Brda. In 1974 the castle was taken over by the Goriška Museum and in 1991 the Zoran Mušič Gallery was opened. It has been declared a cultural monument.


The Colloredo Counts were the first owners, followed at the end of the 18th century by the de Catterini-Erzberg family from Gorica. The following owners were the marquises of the Montecuccoli family and in 1872 the Baguer family inherited the property.

The castle walls are believed to have been built during the Second Venetian War (1615–1617) and after the war the walls were rearranged into a corridor with arcades. One tower was changed into a chapel dedicated to Saint Anthony from Padua.


This square-shaped three-storey castle with symmetrically set four towers was built in the style of a type of Venetian villa of the 17th century. It is surrounded by walls with two cylindrical towers.

On the ground floor there is a central entrance hall, while the first floor houses the Knights Hall where different musical and other events are held. Some parts of the frescos in the Hunters' room and along the staircase have been preserved, as well as some original items of furnishing. Painted by the artist Clement Del Neri in 1894, the paintings depict the properties of the count. In front of the castle there are remnants of a former historical park.

Along with the Goriška Museum branch the castle houses a restaurant on the ground floor and a wine cellar with marvellous wines from Goriška Brda. The castle is also used for temporary exhibitions, which happen in the gallery, as well as other cultural events that are held in the magnificent castle yard.


The exhibition Castle Collection in Dobrovo – Attempt of Reconstruction, and the exhibition Trade in Wine and Borders – History of Abuja Brothers Company in Gorica 1899–2009 are on permanent display. The chapel houses a permanent exhibition of Gothic frescoes – originals and copies taken from other churches of the North Primorska region.

On the first floor, next to the Knights Hall, a 19th-century cultural history collection is displayed with photographs, original objects, and works of art. Also displayed there is a 17th-century fresco depicting the scene of the naval attack of the city and the coats-of-arms of former owners. Morever, a part of the collection of paintings of the last owner, Count Bagueri, is also on display in the castle.

Zoran Mušič collection

The second floor exhibits a collection of 134 prints by world-famous artist Zoran Mušič (1909–2005), dating from 1949 onwards. The art works are emotionally related to Dalmatia, Istria, Karst, Umbria, and Venetian lagoon. The cycle We Are Not the Last [Nismo poslednji] is marked by the artist's experience in Nazi camps.

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