Croatia… Split 2… Croacia

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Text credits:
https://visitsplit.com/en/511/vocni-trg-fruit-square

Pjaca (People’s Square, another square nobody in Split calls by its real name), is first mentioned in 13th century as St Lawrence’s Square, and it was the first inhabited part of Split outside the Diocletian Palace, leaning to its western wall. Already for centuries the Pjaca is the central stage of the city life, there in the Gothic building of the Old Town Hall, today an exhibition centre, was the seat of the city’s authority, and in still beautiful and preserved Palaces on the outskirts of the Pjaca lived the noble families Cambi, Pavlović, Nakić, Ciprianis, Karepić… Still open is one of the oldest book shops in the world, Morpurgo, to this day it looks almost the same as it looked in 1861, and in the Café Central where the intellectuals of Split gathered is where the tourism of Split begun with the former hotel Troccoli.
The city clock has been ticking for centuries on Pjaca, unique by his 24 instead of 12 digits, and in the surrounding cafés, restaurants and bars the citizens of Split could always find a place to rest, meet, be seen and see others, go through the most important events of the city. Every building on Pjaca has its story, each is a witness of history and the spirit of the city. As it was yesterday, it is also today, when Pjaca is filled with numerous bars, restaurants and shops, and when it became one of the most important spots for tourists wishing to enjoy in whatever it is that their hosts, citizens of Split, are enjoying.

Voćni trg (Fruit square)
Believe it or not, but this square, maybe the most beautiful one in the city, to the citizens of Split is more familiar under its unofficial rather than its official name of Trg Braće Radić (Square of the Radić brothers). Its “familiar” name comes from the fact that it was once home to the bustling and colourful market where women from the surrounding villages came to sell their fruit. On the neighbouring square, west of the Fruit Square, fruit was sold. There are several landmarks decorating this not so large a square thriving with city life in bars, restaurants and exclusive shops, a venue often used also by fairs. The biggest is certainly the octagonal Venetian tower, the leftover of the former fortress, built in the 15th century for the defence of, at the time, a small town. Opposite the tower is a magnificent Palace of the old family Milesi from the 17th century with a spectacular Baroque facade, one of the best examples of that style in the whole of Dalmatia. Just in front of it stands the monument to the father of the Croatian literature, the citizen of Split, Marko Marulić, who was one of the most important philosophers and intellectuals of the 15th century. The author of the monument, as well as of several others in the city is Ivan Meštrović. This is, of course, not all, as every stone on the Fruit Square, just like on the other old city squares , bears witness to the history and tells the story of the times that passed, from the oldest of days, “represented” by the south-western tower of the Diocletian Palace on the very exit from the Fruit Square to the Riva. Consequently, just like Pjaca, the Fruit Square has a special place in the heart of the citizens of Split, and all because it was the central location for the filming of one of the most popular Croatian TV series’, saga’s of Split “Velo Misto”.

Hrvatski
https://visitsplit.com/hr/1234/trgovi

Pjaca (Narodni trg, još jedan trg kojega nitko u Splitu ne zove pravim imenom), prvi se put spominje u 13. stoljeću kao Širina sv. Lovre, i prvi je naseljeni dio Splita izvan Dioklecijanove palače, uz čiji se zapadni zid smjestio. Već stoljećima Pjaca je središnja pozornica gradskog života, tu je u gotičkoj zgradi stare gradske vijećnice, danas izložbenom prostoru, bila smještena vlast, u još uvijek prekrasnim i sačuvanim palačama uz rubove Pjace živjele su plemićke obitelji Cambj, Pavlović, Nakić, Ciprianis, Karepić… Tu je i jedna od najstarijih još uvijek otvorenih knjižara na svijetu, Morpurgo, koja i danas izgleda skoro onako kako je izgledala 1861., a u kavani Central u kojoj su se okupljali splitski intelektualci začetak je splitskog turizma, s nekadašnjim hotelom Troccoli. Na Pjaci je stoljećima i gradski sat, jedinstven po svoje 24 umjesto 12 znamenaka, a u okolnim kavanama, restoranima i kafićima Splićani su oduvijek nalazili mjesto za odmor, susrete, mjesto gdje su mogli svih vidjeti i biti viđeni, pretresti najvažnije događaje iz grada. Svaka zgrada na Pjaci ima svoju priču, svaka je svjedok povijesti i gradskog duha. Tako je bilo jučer, tako je i danas, kad je Pjaca ispunjena brojnim kafićima, restoranima i trgovinama, i kad je postala jedan od najvažnijih punktova za turiste koji žele uživati u onome u čemu uživaju i njihovi domaćini, Splićani.

Voćni trg
Vjerovali ili ne, ali i ovaj trg, možda i najljepši u gradu, među Splićanima je poznatiji po svom neslužbenom, nego službenom imenu Trg braće Radić. Svoje “narodno” ime može zahvaliti činjenici da je tu nekad bila bučna i živopisna tržnica na kojoj su žene iz okolnih sela prodavale voće. Na susjednom trgu, zapadno od Voćnog, prodavalo se povrće.
Nekoliko je važnih znamenitosti na ovom nevelikom trgu koji buja životom u kafićima, restoranima i ekskluzivnim trgovinama, i na kojem se često održavaju sajmovi. Najveća je svakako osmerokutna mletačka kula, ostatak nekadašnje utvrde, sagrađene u 15. stoljeću za obranu tadašnjeg malog grada. Nasuprot kuli je veličanstvena palača stare obitelji Milesi iz 17. stoljeća sa spektakularnom baroknom fasadom, jednim od najboljih primjera tog stila u cijeloj Dalmaciji.
Pred njom je, pak, smješten spomenik ocu hrvatske književnosti, Splićaninu Marku Maruliću, koji je bio jedan od najvažnijih mislilaca i intelektualaca 15. stoljeća. Autor spomenika je, kao i nekoliko drugih u gradu, Ivan Meštrović. To, naravno, nije sve, jer svaki kamen na Voćnom trgu, kao i na drugim starim gradskim trgovima, priča povijest kojoj je svjedočio, sve do najstarijih dana, čiji je “predstavnik” jugozapadna kula Dioklecijanove palače na samom izlazu s Voćnog trga na Rivu.
Zbog svega toga, poput Pjace, Voćni trg ima posebno mjesto u splitskim srcima, sve do toga da je bio središnje mjesto u jednoj od najpopularnijih hrvatskih TV serija, sagi o Splitu “Velom mistu”.

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Créditos de este texto:
https://visitsplit.com/es/511/la-plaza-de-la-fruta

Pjaca (Plaza del Pueblo, otro lugar que nadie en Split llama por su nombre), mencionada por primera vez en el siglo XIII como Ancho de San Lorenzo, fue la primera parte habitada de la ciudad fuera del Palacio de Diocleciano, junto a la muralla occidental. Durante siglos Pjaca fue el centro de la vida de la ciudad, aquí está el edificio gótico antiguo del Ayuntamiento, en la actualidad sala de exposiciones. En los palacios conservados a lo largo de la Pjaca vivían familias nobles Cambj, Pavlović, Nakić, Ciprianis, Karepić. .. También hay una de las librerías más antiguas del mundo, Morpurgo, que sigue abierta y conservada como en 1861. Se encuentra el Café Central, donde se reunían los intelectuales de Split, y que junto con el antiguo hotel Troccoli, significan el inicio del turismo de Split. En Pjaca se encuentra el reloj de la ciudad, desde hace siglos, único por sus 24 en lugar de 12 números, y en los circundantes cafés y restaurantes los ciudadanos siempre han encontrado un lugar de descanso y encuentros. Es un sitio donde todos pueden mirar y ser mirados, y charlar sobre los eventos más importantes de la ciudad. Cada edificio en la Pjaca tiene una historia, cada uno es testigo de la historia y del espíritu urbano. Así era antes, y así es ahora, la Pjaca está llena de numerosos bares, restaurantes y tiendas, se ha convertido en uno de los puntos más importantes para los turistas que quieren disfrutar de lo que les gusta a sus anfitriones, los habitantes de Split.

La plaza de la fruta
Lo crea o no, pero esta plaza también, quizás la más bella de la ciudad, entre los ciudadanos de Split es más conocida por su nombre descriptivo que por su nombre oficial – La plaza de los hermanos Radić. Su nombre “popular” es debido al hecho de que la plaza solía ser ruidosa y colorida ya que las mujeres de los pueblos de los alrededores vendían ahí sus frutas. En la plaza vecina, al oeste de la plaza de la fruta, se vendía verdura.
Son varias las curiosidades en esta pequeña plaza que prospera con la vida de los cafés, restaurantes y tiendas exclusivas, y donde a menudo se celebran ferias.
La más grande es sin duda la torre veneciana octogonal, resto de la antigua fortaleza, construida en el siglo XV para defender entonces la pequeña ciudad. Frente a la torre hay un magnífico palacio de la antigua familia Milesi del siglo XVII con una fachada barroca, uno de los mejores ejemplos de este estilo en toda Dalmacia.
Frente al palacio está el monumento al padre de la literatura croata Marko Marulić, ciudadano de Split, que fue uno de los más importantes pensadores e intelectuales del siglo XV. El monumento es, como otros en la ciudad, obra de Ivan Meštrović.
Esto no es todo, ya que cada piedra en la plaza de fruta, así como en las otras plazas del casco histórico, cuenta la historia de la que da testimonio, desde los días más antiguos de los que es “representante” la torre sudoeste del Palacio de Diocleciano a las afueras de la Plaza de la Fruta hacia Riva.
Por esto, como Pjaca, la plaza de la fruta tiene un lugar especial en el corazón de los habitantes de Split, fue el lugar central de una de las series de televisión croata más populares, la saga de Split ” Velo misto“.

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