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Narodni Trg, Split

Just outside Diocletian's Palace in Split is this public square, Narodni Trg (People's Square). This handsome square has had a number of different names: St Lawrence's Square, the Arms Square, Nobility Square). In the 14th century it was the town center of Split. Originally, it had a triangular ground plan, which was upset in then 19th century by the destruction of the building on the northern side. Even before the 14th century, the square was the place where legal documents and acts were made official. Many of the municipal buildings (city jail, Duke's Palace, theatre)were destroyed in 1821 but the old city loggia (now the Ethnographic Museum) remains.

The oldest buildings are on the eastern side of the square which abuts the western gate of Diocletian's Palace. Directly north of the entrance to the Palace a Romanesque Tower was built and in the 15th century the City Clock was placed on it (photo above). Above the tower is the tower-bell, decorated in a late gothic style at the end of the 15th century.

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