On the Friday, July 15th Dubrovnik Museums and the Croatian Conservation Institute, in collaboration with the Museum Mimara and Yunus Emre Institute, will open an exhibition called ” Iznik – Ottoman ceramics from the depths of the Adriatic ” in the Ethnographic Museum ” Rupe”. The opening time is 20:30.
The exhibition comprises some valuable archaeological material from a Venetian merchant ship that was sunk in the bay of Sveti Pavao (St.Paul) , near Saplunara at the Eastern end of the island of Mljet. Since 2007 the Department of Underwater Archaeology of the Croatian Conservation Institute has been carrying out archaeological excavations under the financial auspices of the Ministry of Culture. In 2010 the Croatian archaeologists joined a team from the University of Ca’ Foscari in Venice, jointly participating in research up until 2012.
The exhibition presents the results of six underwater archaeological research expeditions to the site of the wreck. The cargo of this merchant ship included some very rare and valuable items, including pottery from Nicaea (now Izmik) in Turkey, glass and metal vessels, coins, as well as some bronze cannons and nautical equipment that reveals something of life on the ship. The exhibition will remain open until September 30th, 2016.