Garbas-Cellebrini Palace, Rijeka
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia
Castels, Palaces and Fortresses
The baroque complex of the Garbas-Cellebrini house by the builder Giovanni Mattich consists of several buildings. The construction of this complex lasted from the 16th to the 19th century. It has an inner atrium with a baroque cistern, which is surrounded on three sides by porches with wide segmental arches on the first floor and simple wooden columns under the eaves on the second floor. The facade is broken up by rectangular window openings and a prominent dividing cornice that is painted black and edged in red. This polychromy is also reproduced on the cornices of the atrium and on the corners of the street facade, where the curbs are painted black and edged in red in imitation of stonemasons along the corners, and represent the oldest example of facade painting in Rijeka. Under the roof itself, the facade is painted with a meander motif at the very top.
For the needs of the Conservation Department in Rijeka, the baroque palace Garbas (Grbac) was reconstructed and restored. The interior spaces are refined with first-class workshop-made carpentry made of high-quality larch, and the central communication space is dominated by a glazed elevator.