Split: Old Town
Site of historic interest (medieval town) Walk
Situated to the north of the Riva and Gradski Luka, Split’s old town (including the remains of Diocletian’s Palace) dates primarily to the mid and late medieval with elements on its east side of the surviving Roman Palace. As the medieval settlement of Split grew it spilled out of the confines of the old Roman palace to the west and by the 14th Century an area of streets around the same size as the palace had established itself outside the west or Iron Gate.
Just to the west of the Iron Gate is the central square of Narodni Trg (Peoples Square) often just referred to as Pjaca (the Croatian equivalent of Piazza or place). This square assumed the mantle of being Split’s central square from the Peristyle in the palace during the 14th Century. Even today the square, the home of the 15th Century Town Hall and a belfry that includes a medieval sundial, is the centre of old Split.
From Pjaca streets wind east into the Palace, and to the west and north. All are lined with shops of all varieties and as with the Palace itself the best way to discover their charms is to wander through them and take the time to sit in the bars and window shop as you go. Streets lead west from Pjaca through several smaller but busy squares including that of Vocini Trg (Fruit Market) after a now defunct market which has on its southern side the remains of an octagonal tower that formed part of a Venetian castle or fortress (the Kastel) that stood on the shore of Gradski Luka during the 16th Century and the remains of which have largely (other than the tower) been absorbed into the street plan.
The western edge of the Old Town is defined by the Marmontova a broad straight pedestrianised boulevard that runs north from the western end of the Riva. Beyond this is the mammoth structure of the Trg Republike with its arcades, civic offices bars and a hotel, as well as a cinema.
The old town and palace form part of the modern street plan and is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
Split: in the very centre of the City facing on to the Riva and Gradski Luka, located just to the west of the market and east of Trg Republike.
2.Pjaca or Narodni Trg
The walk is short and unstrenuous almost entirely on the flat.
Monday, 13 June 2011