Posted by: viewfromtheriva | April 24, 2011

Discovering hidden Split–the Pjaca Clock Tower!

Photographed from above, the majestic 15thC Pjaca Clock Tower

With surprising regularity, in this extraordinary,  1,700 year-old living monument of a city, a door opens and you again discover  something new and marvelous.

Along with one of Split’s very best guides, Rada Borcic, I was part of a four person group that decided to walk up the long flight of concrete stairs next to the West (Iron) Gate of the Palace to get a view of the Pjaca (City Hall Square) from above.

It’s always amazing to discover that people actually still LIVE inside these gates.  And today was our lucky day because one of the gate dwellers invited us in to look around and then join him on his terrace overlooking the city, the Pjaca and even the sea.

Being able to photograph the face of the Pjaca’s famous 15thC clock from above was just one of the thrills of being here.  After enjoying his hospitality, we were led out the other door of his aerie retreat and walked five flights down a wonderful staircase to Ispod ure, the small courtyard behind Bajamonte ul that is behind Alegria restaurant and just next to the the flight of stairs we took to get into his house.

A twenty minute excursion into wonderland!

Not as much fun as going up and then onto the roof, the way down was still special-note the beautiful tile floor at the bottom

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  1. Hi…does the bell on this clock tower ring all the time? Might be hard to sleep in the neighbourhood????

    • There is no real “bell” in the clock. I think it is a single gong on the hour.

      There is a bell in the tower near the clock, and it to rings just on the hour.

      So it’s not like the churches in Russia or other countries where the clanging can go on for 15 minutes or more!

  2. Any idea whether it was built before the clocktower in San Marco, Venice i.e. 1490? More details welcome!

    • Some sources say the clock is 14thC others 13thC and still others 15thC. I will ask the “dean” of history here for a more exact date!

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