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01.05.-30.09. Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sunday closed           

 

The renovated house Parać

Spanish tourists posing with the replica of Apollo's torso

House Parać was built in 1863 on stone and out of stone from the amphitheater of Salona, while its new edition was revitalized for tourism purposes. It was originally built in 1863 on stone and out of stone from the amphitheater of Salona, ​​out of which the adjecent Parać Castle was built in the 17th century. Throughout the summer, tourists will be able to visit the open restoration workshop and the archaeological collection located inside the building.
- The town repurchased the house in 1994 from the Parać family. At one time, it was used by the Conservation Department employees, as well as the Archaeological Museum of Split while construction was being performed on the amphitheater. It has now been revived with the new tourist offer. This is mostly owed to the Solin Tourist Board - says Špiro Žižić, Director of the "Zvonimir" House of Culture, under whose auspices the restoration workshop takes place.

The Restoration Workshop

We aim to have experts in the field show tourists how to work with original material, as well as show them the utility and decorative items of the era, such as lamps, torsos and various antique dishes. The upper floor has a gallery with the exhibition of a small archaeological collection with amphorae and sculpture casts from Solin’s heritage - says art professor and restoration artist Jure Milić, who, along with colleague art professor Vesna Podrug, is the head of the restoration workshop in House "Zvonimir".

- Tourists will also be able to follow how students of the Split Art Academy work on restoring ancient amphorae and other artifacts found at the site - says Milić.
- This kind of field practice is excellent for us, especially in this original setting. We cannot wait to work on the restoration of amphorae - say Josipa Marić and Ivana Vukadin from Split, third year conservation and restoration students at the Split Art Academy who are delighted with this kind of cooperation.

A day before, the site was visited by a group of Spanish tourists who were excited about this offer, and found especially interesting to take photograps above the replica of Apollo's torso, found in Salona in the 1st century - says Milić.

Rest and Refreshment

As they are taking a walk and seeing the way from Tusculum on Manastirine to the amphitheater, the visitors will be able to have some rest, drink some water and use the sanitary facilities. These are also the things that, according to feedback from tourists visiting Salona, were missing from the offer - says the Director of Solin Tourist Board, Jelena Stupalo, whom we photographed right beside Apollo's torso.

- Owing to the Town of Solin, but also to the support of the Ministry of Tourism and the Croatian National Tourist Board, we were able to secure funding for renovating House Parać, as well as setting video surveillance in order to protect it and enable its full tourist function. We will continue to work together in order to improve the quality of this extremely valuable tourist product - says Stupalo.

- House Parać will certainly be upgraded, probably as a sort of restoration workshop, which students from entire Croatia will continue to visit - concludes Žižić.

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PHOTO: VLADIMIR DUGANDŽIĆ / CROPIX

Uncovering the spoils

Visitors of the House Parać can see the Proconnesian marble capitals that once most likely belonged to the Temple of Jupiter in eastern Salona. Among the exhibited archaeological findings, a panel with coffered ceiling from the same site is particularly interesting: as well as some stone urns, tombstones and an altar dedicated to Jupiter. A special place belongs to amphorae and metal utility objects, among which the most prevalent are fibulae - buckles for fastening clothing. Furthermore, findings discovered during the recent excavation of the site are also exhibited, along with part of the inscription once used by archaeologist Don Frane Bulić to mark the amphitheater. While looking around House Parać, the visitors will be especially delighted in discovering a spoil in the wall, used for decorating the masterpiece by the ancient builder - says, among other things, Marko Matijević, author of the text in the brochure on House Parać, published by House "Zvonimir".