Pjaca - Narodni Trg Square, Split
The "People's Square" as seen from the Cathedral's campanile looks kind of small. True, it's not as large as some of Europe's grand squares, but it is a large space lined with shop, the Town Hall and a lovely loggia which marks the site of a museum these days.
Pjaca, People's Square, is a square in the centre of the city, a meeting point and a place with bars and shops. Picture on the right shows a building that in the past used to be City Hall, built in 15th century and renovated in 19th century. If you are into architecture in the city guides you can read that on the ground floor of this building there are three Gothic arches supported by two columns with capitals; on the right is Karepic Palace built in 16th century in High Renaissance style and it is connected to City Hall by Late Gothic double window.
The plaza is called Pjaca in Croat and means People's square. It was first mentioned in 13th century, and became part of the expansion outside the walls as the town expanded. The town hall is now just an administrative building for town events. It is from the 15th century and the square is large for what existed back in that time. We went inside city hall and they were having some preparation for preparing banners. The clock tower and its hands are interesting in that they depict a 24 Roman numerals. The clock is on top of what was a Roman ruin from an old tower of past.
Adjacent and close to Nardoni trg is Brace Radic and Vocni Trg (Fruit's SQuare) that has some monuments also. It used to be where fruit was purchased in days of old. The statue of Marco Marulic in front of Milesi palace-Karipic of old era, in Trg Brace Radic, commemorates his effort to use the Latin and Croat language in poetry in the 15th century.
Narodni Trg means' People square, and it sounds like an heritage of the old times..... but the "Splicani" (the inhabitants of Split!) also call it "Pjaca", that sounds very similar to the Italian word "piazza" (means square).
It's a nice square surrounded by houses in venetian style and it lies on the western side of the Diocletian's Palace, that can be accessed through the "Iron gate". The most remarkable building in the area is the Town Hall, built in the 15th century, when the square was the real heart of the city.
The cells of your body are composed of matter recycled since the beginning of the universe. You are stardust - let your light shine ................ this is exactly how I felt when we got to the square. Something there just spoke to my higher self.
It must exist also by day, but we couldn't confirm it.
One more square, circled by interesting buildings.
At least, they seemed to be, in the dark. The troubles of late arrivals...
One of the Diocletian's Palace's Gates leads out to Pjaca City Square and the city's fish market isn't far.
The main square of Split is very nice; it's reminiscent of a Venetian square, as the city used to be part of the Venetian Empire at one point.