Built in the neo Renaissance style, this square hosts the song festival, held here since 1967. Unfortunaltely, except for that the square is not much in use.
What San Remo is for Italy, it is Split for Croatia.
Any singer who wants to become popular must participate hoping to win at this music festival.
There are many prizes, the most important is the Golden Wave for the best song chosen by the jury. The best song chosen by the audience gets the Grand Prix of the Split Festival.
The third night is declared the winner and assigned the prizes.
Štorija o Nadalini
In a language of a native speaker from Dalmatia, in their dialect, there are many Italian loan words, modificered into their pronunciation. For those who are not Dalmatians, it is quite confusing and surprising language, as they were strangers too.
When I was a teenager, I had a friend two years older than me, a girl with a name Nada, who lived there. When I came to visit her, she invited me to a "đir"( giro in Italian) with her friends. I used to walk fast but those girls were almost running, within an hour they crossed Split in all directions. Later she went to meet her boyfriend and left me at her home on custody to her older brother. He got the idea to teach me the Dalmatan words, he found it necessary for my better adaptation. I came back home richer for "one more language".
In the song of Nadalina, singed by legendary Boris Dvornik( actor) and Oliver Dragojević( singer), you can hear many of those words and learn it, if you like. It is a very cheerful song, representing the beauty of typical Dalmatian woman. After this song was created a new brand of spices, called Luxor Nadalina začini, packed by the local producer.
This used to be Archiepiscopal Seminary and the first high school and public library in Split, founded in 1700 by Archbishop Stjepan Cosmi. The school and the library have been transfered to the other more comfortable location and the abandoned building was in a very bad conditions.
Since 1990 it was dedicated to the islamic community of Split which has over 3000 members. After major reconstruction works it has been a masjid, an islamic place of worship. Mesdžid (originally masjid) is Arabic word meaning a place of prostration.
Masjid is situated inthe old core of Split, in Dominisova street 1, very close to the Narodni Trg.
Every passage way, corridor or short street is leading to somwhere no wrong footstep is possible. The only dead end street or passage way could be if entering in some private courtyard. During nights this passage ways are well illuminated and pretty much safe.
There is a part of the Diocletianus Palace though which is recommendable to avoid during nights. It is in the southern parts, which is closed to the Riva by external walls of the palace and is called Get (coming from Ghetto). There is a network of small short streets full of cafe bars and cheap restaurants, but in the nights it is place where one could meet drug dealers and prostitution. To be honest, that part of the palace could be extremelly charming in the nights but also, could be risky too.
The home of Emanuel Vidovic
Emanuel Vidovic (1870-1953) is Croatian painter and graphic artist. He was styding in Venice at the Academy of Arts but he never completed his formal studies. Instead he prefered to paint exteriors and chanels of Venice, Chiogia and Milano. In 1895 he came back to Split bringing along post-Impressionist style of light and intence colours. His later works become darker and more alike to expressionism. He left very big opus and valuable paintings in the churches around Split and Trogir.
Touch the big foot
The statue of Grgur Ninski is probably the most trafficked site in the town, by both locals and tourists, which the toe of the statue shows. According to the local beliefs rubbing the statue's toe bring good luck. It become tradition among the local to touch the toe each time one passes by. Local students do it regularly before some of important exames.
Those who were lucky bringing flowers as an act of the gratitude. Touch it or rubb it yourself when in Split, might work good.
This sculpture is called "Jato" (flock) and is situated on the rocks, right next to the ACI Marina. Couldn't find any usefull informations regarding this sculpture, will ask Niksa (fellow member Diocletianus) to help me about. It is very probably that "Jato" is representing the flock of sea-gulls from the port of Split.
Worth to see not easy to notice
The old core of Split has plenty of interesting details incorporated in the houses, some are visible at the first sight some not. Since the ancient times, the new churches bas been erected on a site of a previous pagan temples or other churches, and the same goes for the houses too. Most of the urban houses which could be seen inside of the core of Diocletianus palace were built from the stone which used to be the part of the city walls or palace itself. Some houses featuring ancient coat of arms, parts of the monuments or even parts of the tombstones. Certain house facades displaying the history of the town from ancient Roman times up to the Middle Ages and onwards.
High Heels is the Status Symbol
There are an extremely large number of females that wear high heels, even on those irregular rock paved streets. These heels are not your ordinary height, as you can see. Along with the heels is the tight jeans and maybe red hair color for a lot of themRelated to:
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Ferrel CAts All Over
There is a very large number of stray cats that somehow survive, and the locals seem to let it go unnoticed. Most cats are rather "mangy" and scrawny types form lack of food. I would not pet any for fear of a bite, or get a tick or bug of some sort. It happens. I feel sorry for the cats, but nothing appears to be done be Croats to resolve the matterRelated to:
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Hang Out at the Market
There are a large number of people that come down to the market and stay most of the day. They are dressed in all types of garb, and of unique cultures for each. I have found that there is a LOT of drinking, smoking and looking at women with "that" look which are usually in very high heels and red hair; a cultural pheonominaRelated to:
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This is the Croatian name for the inhabitants of Split. They are well known for the gregarious nature, love of singing, good food and drink and particularly for their devotion to sport. The local soccer team, Hajduk ("The Bandit") is one of the best supported teams in the country. And finally all my male friends tell me, and there is no dispute about this, the most beautiful girls in Croatia come from Split
Outside of the Old Town, you'll find some typical neighborhoods with people milling about, sweeping their steps or just hanging out in their windows watching the world go by. I also noticed that many people hang their clothes out to dry in the open air like you see here in this picture taken in the neighborhood on the hill overlooking the Old Town, Veli Varos.
Do you believe in luck?
There is a statue by the famous Croatian sculptor, Ivan Mestrovic just outside the Golden Gate on the north end of the Diocletian Palace. The statue is a dramatic depiction of the 10th century Bishop Grgur Ninski and it has become a good luck tradition to rub the toe of the statue.
One of my VT friends emailed me and asked me if I had rubbed the statue's toe and I responded by saying, "No, I don't believe in luck." Well, a few hours later I was robbed and beaten and ended up with two broken ribs and a lighter wallet. Hmmmm. Maybe I should reconsider!
This gypsy woman in the photo obviously believes in luck. She is actually the main reason I didn't touch the statue. When I was at the statue, she was there with her hand resting on the toe. I waited for her to move, but she almost seemed like she was in a trance as I noticed her lips moving and her eyes closed. I guess she was praying, so I didn't want to interrupt her. After a few minutes, I gave up and just decided to take her picture and move on. Funny thing is, I bet she didn't get mugged that night!
Instead of buying the pricey phone cards ,just go to the post office ( next to the bus/train station) and use the phones there ,you simply pay at the desk when you've done and its about twice as cheap.
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