The most significant exhibits in the collection are early medieval monuments, but there are other equally attractive exhibits dating from the antiquity right up to the 19th century, as they offer a very graphic view of the history and cultural characteristics of the Novigrad area.
These are for the most part sacral monuments, as most of the exhibits originally came from the church of St. Pelagius and, as was noted at the gala book presentation and museum opening, the church’s nearby crypt houses a number of similar exhibits from this unique ensemble.
The history of these and similar stone monuments reaches back to the 8th century when Novigrad was the seat of Istrian dukes, and when the Novigrad church was a luxuriously appointed court cathedral.
With the new museum Novigrad, which has developed over the last ten years into a very high quality tourist destination, will offer tourists an even more vivid look at its rich history and culture. It is, admittedly, also well read in the exceptionally well preserved architecture that bears witness to the rulers that have passed through the city’s history – Byzantine, Frankish, Venetian, Napoleonic, Austro-Hungarian and Italian, as it does of earlier stylistic periods such as the renaissance, which have also left their mark in the appearance of the city.