The island of Brač is loved by tourists and adventurers, it is a celebrated summer destination, that is rich in history with pristine beaches and hidden coves. The island is widely known for its exceptional quality of Brač limestone and top quality olive oils as well. But you have to taste the local wines while discovering Central Dalmatia’s largest island, Brač.
From the lobby area of United Nations
building in New York to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site from the fourth
century AD – Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Croatia, architects throughout centuries and across continents, have selected to build some of the world’s most famous buildings using the highest quality limestone from the island of Brač.
Brač, the largest island in central Dalmatia, has been known since time immemorial for the quality and beauty of its limestone, strong stonemasonry industry employing skilled stonemasons, sculptors and top artisans. Limestone, a carbonate sedimentary rock, mainly composed of the minerals calcite and aragonite,
but compared to other limestone the Brač rock is lighter and weighs 2600 kilograms per cubic meter; and a more favorable stone – cubic meter
costs about eleven thousands Croatian kuna.
According to the scholars at the Pučišća Sculpting Academy in town of Pučišća,
the famous limestone of the island is composed of fish shells and fossils of old shells that have shrunk under pressure through millions of years, and therefore when the rock is cut and polished it unveils its characteristic structure patterns and brown spots.
With a tradition of more than 110 years, the Sculpting Academy has educated several generations of artists. Just a few steps from the sea, set in a picturesque neighborhood in the north of the island, the Academy it is also one of the most beautiful buildings made from the iconic Brač stone. All the students, who get enrolled have succeeded to graduate. However since sculpting became inherently male occupation, the school has recorded an increasing enrollment demand from women, who every year prove as skilled students of the Academy.
For refined palate…
If you visit Brač, it is almost certain that you will take home as a souvenir Brač stone, and connoisseur of food
will not resist a bottle of the local olive oil, which is reputed to be one of the highest quality olive oils in the
The island counts over a million
olive trees, its Museum of Olive Oil
in Škrip, and organization in the World Cup in picking olives in Postir, and a six-kilometer-long Olive Trail has become a hiking trail that takes you to olive groves in Mirca, a village of farmers and olive growers near Supetar. All this explains why Brač is
rightly called the island of olives.
It is assumed that the first olives were planted by the ancient Greeks. It is inte-resting that in the 16th century there were no cultivated olive trees, but only wild plantations. So the authorities
passed a decree according to which anyone who destroys an olive tree
was punished by expulsion from Brač for up to ten years.
Already in the 18th century, almost 800 olive oil wagons were produced by the island, which is significantly above the rest of Dalmatia’s production. The locals know how to produce good olives and olive oil. Local olive oil brands regularly compete and win awards wherever they appear. Also the island and local olive oil carries the label Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).
Healthy cuisine and irresistible hospitality culture A drop of oil, a grain of salt and a glass of wine, those are the magic formula of Brač’s longevity and the foundation of the island’s “kužine” (cro. cuisine) Taverns and restaurants will offer you specialties including Brač lamb plate, a dish that occupies a special place, and wine lovers and true connoisseurs ought not miss a glass of Plavac, which is an indigenous variety of red wine that gives exceptional results on this island.
Drink it in one from famous Brač wineries: Senjković from Nerežišće, Baković from Murvica or Stina
from Bol, it is a real experience for visitor. If you are a fan of white wine, you will enjoy chilled pošip, another
indigenous sweet Croatian wine made on the island with 2600 hours of sunshine a year.
For Art Lovers
The Jakšić gallery … In Brač , Donji Humac.
You will experience firsthand all the beauty of Brač stone in the picturesque town of Donji Humac a place in the innter part of the island , less than ten kilometers from the island’s largest town – Supetar .
Jewellery and sculptures from Brač stone
Gallery displays unique jewelry creations made of silver and semi – precious stones by designer Ida Stipčić Jakšić. The gallery’s collection will delight the visitors with the esthetics of the beautiful sculptures made from the famed local Brač stone.
Furthermore visitors can view artworks by artists Dina Jakšić Pavasović and Lovre Jakšić.
State of art Gallery highlighting classical and modern art .
The gallery’s interior and exteriors where designed by Dražen Jakšić a true master craftsman with a unique idea executed throughout the gallery’s interior designer , with its art by graduates from the Pučišća Sculpting Academy.
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