Between La Serenissima, Napoleon and the Hapsburgs
Belgramoni Tacco Palace, second floor
It was a milestone period in all the spheres of social life in Istria, as three states followed one another, with each of them leaving a mark on Istria in their own way. After more than 500 years of ruling, the Venetian Republic (La Serenissima) reached its end in 1797, with the territory at first coming under the rule of the Habsburg Empire and then under French administration between 1805–1813, and eventually again under Habsburg Austria for well over 100 years.
Koper was for a long time, economically and culturally speaking, the head of Istria (Capo d'Istria), but it lost its leading role in the 18th century and was given the character of a province by being incorporated into the Habsburg Monarchy. Trieste instead became the administrative, economic and cultural centre.
This period is presented in two rooms, in the ambience of a Venetian family salon and a library, which also contains a small section dedicated to the Napoleonic era.
Women's personal items from the 18th and 19th centuries – jewellery, hat needles, hairpins, scent bottles for perfume, fashionable lorgnons.
Men's personal (fashionable) items from the 19th centuries – spectacles with cases, cigar and cigarette mouthpieces.
Coffee set, porcelain, Sèvres Imperial Manufacture, France, bought by prefect Angelo Calafati in 1811 in Paris.
De Statica Medicina - the book of famous physician Santorio Santorio (1561–1636), born in Koper, that made him famous throughout Europe.