When you live somewhere, you stop noticing the gems that surround you. Until recently, I didn’t use to look around and savor the beautiful architectural landmarks around me. But I realize more and more that in Rijeka, they are everywhere you turn! And Jadrolinija palace is the one you just have to stop for.
The then-Adria palace was built in 1897 for Hungarian maritime company Adria, which soon made Rijeka become an important port.
This started changing Rijeka’s identity, as sailors travelled the world and brought other cultures, customs, and cultures home.
The palace symbolizes maritime culture. On the side of the building, there are four sculptures of women representing four continents ships would sail to, and on the other side there are four sculptures representing sailors.
The main entrance is decorated by two big sculptures of Titans. When you pass them and enter, the beauty of the architecture doesn’t cease to amaze. The building is used as an administrative headquarters of Jadrolinija, the maritime company of Rijeka, but there are also other companies and offices there, so it is completely acceptable to enter and explore.
I haven’t been inside for a long time, and I am waiting for the first next opportunity to take a peek! In the meantime, I will not repeat my past mistakes – I will always look up and take in this big historical piece and be proud that I live in a city of such a rich history and cultural significance.