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India’s Ambassador to the Republic of Croatia, H. E. Raj Kumar Srivastava, visited the Sugar Palace on 6th October. He did this leading a delegation of his country as part of a working visit to the city of Rijeka. He toured both floors of the exhibition in the Palace whilst being guided by the Museum’s Director Ervin Dubrović. Instead of the planned 45 minutes, the ambassador toured the exhibition for a little over an hour, attracted by the numerous details from Rijeka’s past. Amongst the local historical events, he was especially attracted by the collaboration with the physicist Ernest Mach, in which the theory about the formation of shockwaves during the breaking of the sound barrier was confirmed in Rijeka. He was especially interested in the history of Rijeka shipbuilding, as well as information about the seven states that Rijeka found itself in during the 20th century. The elephant motif used a hundred or more years ago in marketing campaigns for Rijeka products such as chocolate and husked rice did not pass the ambassador’s eye. The same can be said for Rijeka’s many maritime ties with the world after the Second World War, during which, as the delegation noted, such cargoes as Indian elephants used to be transported into Rijeka’s port.

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