As the Interpretation centre ‘Civitas sacra’; is located in Galbiani Palace, in creating the permanent exhibition, the team of authors strived to preserve the existing condition and appearance of the interior to the greatest extent possible and invested great effort to adapt the exhibition to it. Such an approach was motivated by the fact that the palace is an object of exceptional value that is protected as a cultural good of the Republic of Croatia.
After renovation and adaptation, Galbiani Palace was transformed into a state-of-the-art exhibition, educational and hospitality complex that, with the use of high technology and modern presentation methods, interprets the sacral cultural heritage of Šibenik, with an emphasis on the Cathedral of St James, which is under the protection of UNESCO.
This fact is precisely why Palace Galbiani has the potential to develop into the cultural hub of Šibenik and an activator of the cultural development of the entire city, as well as into an interpreter of the complex importance of the Šibenik cathedral.
The exhibition area stretches through one part of the mezzanine and covers the entire area of the first and second floor of the building. In this space is accommodated the Interpretation Centre of the Cathedral of St James and exhibits that belong to the cathedral or are part of the diocesan collection that gathers exhibits from all parish churches in the Diocese of Šibenik. The collection has been envisioned and executed as an interpretative project in which the visitors are active participants. Guided by the idea that experience is the best learning method, and with a focus on the value of the central topic of the exhibition – the UNESCO-protected Cathedral of St James – the team of designers interpreted the exhibition in an interactive way, while bearing in mind the standards for the presentation of heritage of such value.