An unexpected controversy takes place in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, where the residents mobilize in favor of Anastasia, a street cat who lived in one of the most iconic palaces of that medieval city, and that the Government wants to evict.
Much appreciated by tourists, the tricolor feline -which is 17 years old- had chosen settle under the arches of the Rector’s Palacean architectural marvel of the 14th century.
It was first installed inside a cardboard. Then, on a velvet cushion in a little wooden house built at the end of March by Srdjan Kera, a resident of Dubrovnik, who built the shelter in the same semi-Gothic-semi-Renaissance style of the palace. The cat also wore a plaque with her name: “Anastasia”.
But the directorate of the Dubrovnik museums, which is based in the palace, demanded the removal of the house. No one is authorized to attack “the unique and historical ensemble” that is Dubrovnik, “in particular by building shelters or habitats,” he said in a statement.
Photo taken on March 30. Anastasia in the palace. Photo: AFP.
The decision caused anger and much debate in the town that has 44,000 inhabitants. He is a great little town.
In social networks multiply called to protect the animal, who had already been expelled last year from a makeshift shelter.
“Anastasia needs her house! Give it back. Apparently, cultural institutions are run by people without culture,” one user posted on Facebook.
in a survey online carried out by a local newspaper, 90% of the 4,500 participants considered that the cucha had to stay under the arches of the palace.
“This is her house. It’s a single catthere are no seventy”, exclaims Srdjan Kera, after the eviction of the palatial feline.
But Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Frankovic supports the museums’ decision, noting that the city was full of stray cats and that they are all “well fed”. “This shows how this city coexists with animals. Why should we house them too?” he commented. His words generated even more anger.
Anastasia, in the little house that a neighbor built for her. Photo: AFP.
Meanwhile, the cat has your own Facebook page, “Kneginja Anastazija” (Princess Anastasia), and a petition demanding the return of her little house. As of Saturday morning, she had collected almost 12,000 signatures.
A city full of history
Considered the pearl of the Croatian Adriatic, the city of Dubrovnik is an architectural beauty of small streets and roofs next to a turquoise sea.
It is a city surrounded by walls and fortifications, at the foot of the San Sergius mountain, which falls sharply over the waters of the Adriatic. In recent years, moreover, it has become very popular thanks to the series Game of Throneswho used its corridors to use as a film set to recreate the city of King’s Landing.
Dubrovnik, a privileged place that exploded with Game of Thrones. Photo: AFP.
The rector’s palace, home until a few days ago of Anastasia, it is the most important building in the history of Dubrovnik. For centuries it was the seat of the most important institutions of the Government of the Republic of Ragusa.
The Councils, the rooms for diplomatic meetings and audiences, and the Rector’s offices were housed there, an executive post that had a real demand full time. Whoever was anointed was in charge for a single month, but in that period he could not attend to other matters that were not the public issue.
He literally could not leave the palace. She lived there all the time. Like Anastasia, whom she now abandoned to her fate.
With information from AFP.