Collection of Stone Monuments is a valuable part of the Croatian History Museum’s inventory, consisting of 231 exponents. In terms of content, these pieces represent and illustrate historical personalities and political, religious and economic circumstances in specific historical periods. The first objects became part of the collection in the National Museum already in the latter half of the nineteenth century.
The Collection contains objects spanning the period from the twelfth to twentieth centuries from throughout Croatia’s territory, while several objects are from abroad (Italy, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia). The chronological span and the territory speak sufficiently of the value of this Collection, which despite its diversity nonetheless constitutes a unified whole. It consists of epigraphic monuments and fragments of church and secular architecture. Among the epigraphic monuments, gravestones and memorial plaques are the most numerous. Most of the epigraphic monuments are written in the Latin script and language. There are, however, several Glagolitic monuments, and a small number written in Cyrillic or Arabic script. The monuments are made of various types of stone: limestone, limestone breccia, sandstone, etc. The exponents have been exhibited at many exhibitions in Croatia and abroad. Each object is a valuable and unique monument of Croatia’s cultural heritage.
Kristian Gotić, Senior Curator