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Sinčić Palace – Local Museum

Sinčić Palace – Local Museum

Baroque house of a wealthy family

  • Author: Kristina
  • Date Posted: Mar 28, 2015
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  • Address: Decumanus 9, Poreč

Sinčić Palace is the largest and most important Baroque palace in Poreč, built in the 18th century. It was built by Antonio Sincich, a member of one of the most influential and wealthiest families of the early modern Poreč.

With its size, structure, as well as the specific performance of decorative details, this large two-story house stands out among others, far more modest buildings of the 18th century.

On each floor, there is a central lounge (portego), around which there are four smaller rooms. Such a layout, typical of the Baroque in Istria, repeats from the ground floor, where the central entrance area corresponds to the staterooms on the first and second floor. The design of the interior is reflected on the facade. The central part of the facade is emphasized by the balconies on the first and second floor, while the left and the right part of the facade, with its simple framed windows, seem almost flat. Behind the palace, there was an elongated commercial building and a courtyard, which were constructed in the same period.

The house has remained in the ownership of the family Sincich to the end of the World War II, when the last descendant of the family, Enea de Sincich, abandons it forever.

Today, the courtyard displays a collection of stone monuments. The commercial building was divided into two floors, at which time the first floor became a museum bar, whereas the second floor was redecorated into the Sinčić Gallery. The building houses the Museum of the Poreč Region, but it is closed for a complete renovation of the building.