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Narodni Trj (People’s Square), known as Pjaca (a Croatian interpretation of the Italian ‘Piazza’) by locals was once called San Lorenzo’s Square (Trg svetog Lovre). It is located just past the western walls of Diocletian’s palace at the exit of the Iron Gate. As the population grew, the palace became too small and Pjaca was the first area developed beyond the walls in the 14th century.

Just as you exit the Iron Gate, an interesting tower-like house is topped with gothic bell-tower. It has a little Romanesque opening and a grand clock on its façade. The clock is captivating as it is divided into 24 parts instead of 12.

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Passing the clock tower is the Palace of Cipriano de Ciprianis on the Southeastern corner of Pjaca. It is a late-Romanesque structure built by an aristocrat from the island of Korčula in the late 14th century. It is characterized by its heksaforas, six-part windows on the first floor separated by double columns. On its façade is a statue of St. Anthony.

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Previously, Pjaca got its role as the center of the municipal government and thus, its main attraction today is the old Town Hall. This 15th century gothic structure is accented by three gothic arches, which are supported by two columns with capitals. Today is no longer serves as a public office but as a function space with many exhibitions.

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Connected to the old Town Hall by Late Gothic double windows is the charming little Karepič Palace. It is built in the 16th century and follows the High Renaissance style.

At the far end of the square is the newer and grand Nakić Palace from 1902. It is a magnificent example of the Art Nouveau style with round corners and floral ornamentation, taking inspiration from Viennese Secession architecture.

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Pjaca is a popular meeting spot for elderly gentlemen who meet for a morning coffee and gossip in the Gradska Kavana café. A sit on this square provides the perfect vantage point to life passing by. There are several cafes taking up seats on the square, an old bookshop, shoe shops, fashion stores and luxury apartment accommodation. There is also a flagpole monument called Standarac.


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