House in a House
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.
Bol on Island of Brac
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:
conveniently translated it into the story titled:
HOUSE 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 walls around
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 went on
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 origin of
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/>.
DISCLAIMER : On URL: http://www.cosy.sbg.ac.at/~zzspri/ published pages are originals and authorized by copyright of Zvonko Z. Springer, Salzburg 1999.