Pražnica is a small inland village and also one of the oldest. It is said that this is where the people of Pučišća descended onto the coast. Today, around 400 people live there, 400 meters above sea level.
It is one of the most traditionally preserved places on the island, showing off its rich tradition of farming as well as traditional housing – there are many small cottages and sheds built around houses, to shelter animals during winter.
If you love diving into the rich cultural background, you must visit the religious sights Pražnica has to offer.
The first must-visit stop is the local cemetery, ‘Cimatorij’. Then, there’s the chapel where a famous Renaissance stone relief completed in 1467, is being kept. It is said that this relief came from the workshop of the famous Stonemason Nicholas Florentine. Finish your religious tour with the Church of All Saints, built in 1638, where you will find elements of Romanesque-Gothic style from the 17th century.
Then, there is the church of St. Clement which is located in the center of the beautiful cemetery of Straževnik inhabitants, a medieval village that disappeared because of emigration in the 16th century.
But in place of the old Straževnik still stands the church of St. Juraj and the oldest known bell tower in Dalmatia! Walking through the narrow streets of the village you can hear and archaic speech, ancient Brac’s dialect that is still preserved in the everyday speech of its inhabitants. This speech is very different from the standard Croatian language, so neither Dalmatians can understand it!
Make sure you make time in your vacation to visit this place, it’s well worth it!