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Narona Archeological Museum is built on the remains of the ancient Roman city called Narona, that was located in the Neretva valley in present day Croatia; near city of Dubrovnik. Narona Archeological Museum is the first Croatian in situ Museum, meaning built on the very location.

Narona was the major Roman stronghold which became a colony in 2nd century BC, and settlement was occupied until the start of 7th century and stopped functioning as a settlement soon after the arrival of Croatian tribes in the region.

In 1995 a Roman temple building was discovered, which had been dedicated by the governor Dolabella and contained statues of the emperors Claudius and Vespasian, as well as two of Augustus and his wife Livia. The statues had been vandalized in the 4th century: they were lying on the floor and their heads had been broken off.

The heads of Vespasian and one of the Livias had been acquired in the surrounding area, the former by Arthur Evans in 1878: these heads were reunited with their bodies, and the shrine's statues are now touring major European museums. Today, the Narona Archeological Museum contains statues in gigantic sizes found in situ when the Museum is revealed.


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