THE PIAZZA (NARODNI TRG)
What is today an extensive city square took shape in the 13th century. Platea Sancti Laurentii, or St Lawrence’s Square, was mentioned for the first time in 1255, taking its name from the chapel of the same saint that was located there are the time. In the later Middle Ages it became the city centre. Until that time, the Peristyle had taken that role. A city statute of 1312 provided severe sanctions for anyone who should dare “to draw their sword against anyone upon it”. During the course of time, it had its name changed a number of times, and was called Armaments Square, Gentry Square and finally National Square i.e. Narodni trg. The square has always captivated foreign visitors with its charm and vivacity. Here public events have taken place. There was a court here, the rector’s palace, the watch, a theatre and a number of other buildings that in the late Middle Ages completed the appearance of the space. On the square itself, the city rector and the most prominent city families had their palaces. Although today the square is surrounded by buildings that have very different styles, including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Classicist and Art Nouveau, Pjaca has not only retained its charm but is still one of the most important spaces in the city.
On Pjaca, the Piazza, along many very valuable heritage buildings, such as the medieval Old City Council Chamber, the Central Café of 1870 and the Morpurgo Bookshop of 1860, there are also five palaces. In chronological order, they are: the Karapeić Palace of the 16th century; the Cambi Palace of the 15th century; the Benedetti-Ciprianis Palace of 1394; the Nakić Palace of 1902; and the Pavlović Palace of the 16th century. The Judita Palace Hotel is located in the latter, the Pavlović Palace.
Bus station: 300 meters
Train station: 300 meters
Ferry: 300 meters