The operation ended successfully with the return of Croatia’s cultural heritage, Minister Obuljen Koržinek said, noting this isn’t the first or last time this has been done.
Ambassador Glunčić underscored that the Salzburg Diocese had full understanding that the medieval documents could not be considered to be part of Austria’s or Salzburg’s history.
The documents involved are two pontifical documents which the diocese was immediately prepared to return to Croatia, and this was also approved by Austria’s state authorities, he said, adding that the documents will be placed in Dubrovnik’s Archives.
Police working on issues related to cultural heritage
Police Director Nikola Milina said that the police were working on cultural heritage issues, adding that they have had good results so far.
A soon as the information was released, the Croatian police contacted the police in Austria and the documents were quickly identified which led to them being returned, he said.
Digitalisation to facilitate return of other missing documents
Director of Dubrovnik State Archives Nikolina Pozniak is convinced that digitisation will contribute to other documents that have gone missing from the archives and other institutions to be returned.
The head of the archive’s collection, Zoran Perović, explained that the documents returned today are two pontifical bulls dated 1189 and 1252. The first notes that the Pope is deploying Archbishop Bernard to Dubrovnik while the other bull refers to the appointment of an archbishop to be a judge in a dispute between the Bar and Dubrovnik Archdioceses.
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