VIDEO: A History of Split’s Favorite Beaches by City Museum

Daniela Rogulj

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April 4, 2020 – The Split City Museum is walking us down memory lane in an effort to making our days at home a bit easier. A look at the once-famous beaches in Split, in black and white.

With summer just a few months away and sunny weather teasing us this weekend, the Split City Museum has teamed up with Professor Goran Borcic, a longtime Museum Advisor, to prepare a photo chronology of the city’s old bathing areas in several sequences. 

The first episode presents the chronology of the first beaches in Split; the one opened in 1860 in the Split city port in front of the present Port Authority building and the “Bagno Polo” bathing area that opened in 1875.

The photo chronology continued with Baluni Bay and Zvončac. After the First World War, Baluni Bay became a meeting place for young people, and it was built in 1954 by Zvončac.

We then walk to Marjan. Beginning at Ježinac, we continue to Meje where, in 1910, Frane Schiller built a luxury villa with a swimming pool, which at that time was the best-equipped villa in Dalmatia. Villa Dalmacija. 
The video takes us through Kašjuni Bay and the swimming area at Bene, and ends in Spinut.

The series then takes us to the northern part of the city. At the beginning of the 20th century, the cove at Poljud was the favorite bathing place for citizens. At Poljud, there was medicinal antirheumatic mud that had been used by swimmers for decades. Lora and Supaval coves were also the city’s favorite beaches.

As of April 2, the Split City Museum had only reached the fourth video in the series, which will count 12 once all is said and done. Be sure to follow along on the museum’s Facebook page or Dalmatinski Portal.

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