The People’s Square – Pjaca is located in the area once occupied by the Diocletian’s Palace, west of the Peristyle. Dating from the 15th century, the People’s Square (Narodni Trg Pjaca) in Split features many interesting Renaissance, Venetian, and Gothic buildings built by the nobility. One particular building to note is the Venetian-Gothic Cambi Palace. Another building of note on the People’s Square is the Renaissance style Town Hall building. It contains the Ethnographic Museum of Split, an interesting museum well worth a visit.
This square replaced the Peristyle as the city’s central meeting area and it remains so to this day. The square is overlooked by a Romanesque clock with the remains of a medieval sundial in front of a larger, older belfry and contains numerous shops and cafés. The north side of the square is taken up by the Town Hall (Gradska vijećnica), a fifteenth-century construction that hosts art or history exhibitions in the summer months.
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.