House in a House
Bol on Island of Brac
Zvonko Springer, Salzburg, Austria, 1999
on this web with kind permission, 2005
The House in a House or "Kuca u kuci" is actually a smaller house
built into what remains from a much bigger house or mansion. In some
way walls of the smaller house are almost adjacent to the bigger one.
The present address of this unusual undertaking is on Lower Wharf No.
10 in the township BOL in Island Brac. The smaller house was inhabited
by an elderly couple until some years ago but it is uninhabited now
and going to ruins.
The bigger house is all you see from the street and most of windows are closed
with dry-stone. Only if one peeks through crevasses one could see the smaller
house though. Below are two pictures about one of the lesser well known monuments
of Bol and none of classical sources refers
to it though.
The picture at left shows the
front of outer that is the larger house or mansion and a view on the inner
smaller house through a crevasse at right.
I found an article in Croatian titled "KUCA U KUCI - PALOC" that I downloaded
from the URL: <http://www.bolnabracu.com/hrv/legenda.htm> and conveniently
translated it into the story titled:
IN A HOUSE - "PALOC"
Long time ago a man named Marko lived in the "HOUSE IN A HOUSE". He often was
rather nervous and inconsiderate so the townsmen of Bol
nicknamed him "Vigorous Marko". The large piece of land behind Markos house belonged
to the rich family Vukovic. The large Vukovic's family consisted of six brothers
of whom three were priests and the other three were sea-captains who owned a
large ship that sailed as far as
to Spain. All three captains married in Spain and then decided to build a great
palace ("Paloc") in Bol for their families. To achieve their goal it was necessary
first to buy Marko's house and the small plot of
land it stood on. Yet "Vigorous Marko" did not want to sell his house cum land
and the negotiations ended in a grave dispute between the
The Vukovics' were on friendly terms with the master Vužic, that time the
Principal of Bol, so they turned to him asking for help to solve their problem.
Vužic tried hard to persuade Marko to sell his property to Vukovics but
he persistently was refusing to accept the offer so
Vužic had to put force on Marko in the name of his Principal's authority
and influence. This even had angered "Vigorous Marko" more so he reverted with
severe threats that he would kill Vužic if gets onto his property and in
the house. Therefore Vužic decided to put Marko in jail for good but subsequently
Marko had escaped to the Republic of Dubrovnik. When Marko disappeared from township
of Bol Vukovics started with the construction of their palace in erecting the
Not too long after Marko heard about Vukovics' undertaking and he bought 4 barrels
of gunpowder (1barrel = 33liters) prior to return to Bol. There he found
few friends who would help him to destroy
everything what Vukovics had built up to then. One night Marko's gang went out
to dig holes under the erected walls and to place gunpowder therein. Before all
the fuses could be fixed revengers heard that somebody was approaching so they
run away head-over-heels. Marko had to leave Bol again and to find a new refuge
for a while.
Vukovics continued building their palace and left for Venice on their ship as
to procure the roof building material there. Today one does not know exactly
what happened with their ship that has been lost in a tempest on a voyage either
to or fro of Venice. Thus all three captains lost their life by drowning and
because they did not have children of their own the Vukovic's clan died out.
After a while "Vigorous Marko" returned to Bol where he continued to live in
his house in Bol that was surrounded by walls of the unfinished palace. Marko
did not marry at all so he did not have any children either one of his nephews
residing in the house after Marko died.
Now-a-days "The House In A House" or "PALOC" still stands proudly there thus
witnessing the legend of long passed times.
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At the north coast of the Island of Brac there are several larger townships.
Traveling along the main coastal road eastwards from Supetar there comes Splitska,
Postire and Pucište situated in a wider bay. Before Splitska a winding road
ascends to a small village of Škrip (251m a.s.l..) in the interior
of Island of Brac central region. The island's interior bears many interesting
archaeological cultural and historical artifacts to be found in several museums
like the Povaljski
Prag. This is the first known Croatian text in a verse form. The mediaeval
architectural complex is well preserved monumental prehistoric walls. Within
this complex is the tower of Radojkovic's Citadel that lower part represents
the ruins of a Roman
mausoleum. The Cerineo-Cerinic family built a big castle in the village's
center by 1618 and that accommodates the Brac Museum now.
The early medivaeval church of the Holy Spirit at the grave has been adapted
several times. An old
chapel is located next to the local graveyard but its interior is in a
rather deplorable state now. Unfortunately one could not find more about the
this ancient church or chapel in the small village of Škrip.
At left the front view of the chapel at Škrip
and of the interior at right.
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Literature and information compiled from
the Bol Tourist Association at URL: http://www.bol.hr and
from the Croatia Travel Information URL: http://www.crotravel.hr.
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