While I was still a student of architecture, I got the task to explore one of the oldest neighborhoods in Split. It is Radunica, a small neighborhood that won me with the charm of small and narrow streets.
When the Diocletian’s palace became small for its inhabitants, several neighborhoods were founded around it – Dobri, Manuš, Veli Varoš, and Lučac. For the first time, the neighborhood Lučac is mentioned during the 13th century. Situated on the east side between Diocletian’s Palace and Gripe fortress. The main connection consists of two long streets, one of them is Radunica. Although Radunica is the name of the street, the whole area today is called the same.
There are many short and narrow streets connected to the main street of Radunica. The names of these streets are also very interesting because they got the original families that lived there – Kuzmanić, Trumbić, Ružić, Duplančić, Petrić, Bubalo, Prvan, Dvornik, Čulić, etc. The neighborhood makes a very dense arrangement of stone houses, which are large without any stylistic features. The history of this neighborhood is also very interesting during the Second World War when the city was destroyed during Allied bombing from the air.
However, life in this neighborhood due to increased tourism in the last couple of years is increasingly disappearing. Today Radunica is primarily an apartment street. In 1994 Radunica had as many as 8 cafe bars and today it is only one. Moreover, the houses have received various upgrades and many strange architectural solutions.
However, this neighborhood every year comes alive in the last week of June (for St. Peter) when is a festival called Dani Radunice. It is a traditional festival that lasts more than two decades. On that day the street becomes like in old times when it was a place of socializing with a raffle, sports matches, and music.
Find out more about Radunica on offcial website of Tourist Board of Split.