Sculpting academy - unique in the world!
It is often said in Pučišća that people here live with the stone, off the stone, and for the stone. With a centuries-old tradition of masonry, we are proud that we have a stonemason high school – a sculpting academy, which is unique in this part of Europe, but we dare to say – in the world, as well!
In 1906., stone cutting classes took place in Pučišća and Selca, where most of the stone production takes place, and soon, a “School of advanced training in stonemasonry” was established, in 1909.
After the Second World War, stonemasonry on Brač is revived and becomes the strongest economic branch on the island. The first generation in Pučišća learned the stonemason’s craft in 1946., and the students worked for 6 hours in “Jadrankamen” (stone cutting company), and in the evening they went to school. In 1956., an industrial school was formed, along with a dormitory for students, in Pučišća, since this is where the biggest quarry was.
Since 1991., the training of stonemasons, in now an independent school, was divided into three directions: stonemason technician, stonemason, and surface miner. Stonemasonry technicians attend classes for four years, and after the final exam, they can continue their education at faculties (construction, architecture, mining, art academy, etc.). The training of stonemasons lasts for three years, and after three years of practice, there is the possibility of taking a master’s exam. Training for a surface miner also lasts three years.
Today, this school is attended by students from all over Croatia, but also from neighboring countries. They participate in numerous projects, promoting the school, the craft, the art, and Pučišća in the world.
In 2020., the construction of the new workshop added to the school is underway, making more space for creating works of art, cut in stone.
Pučišća’s stone masters offered to rebuild parts of the Notre Dame cathedral, after the devastating fire. Stonemasons who attended this school have already proven themselves in the restoration of numerous facilities, including churches damaged during the Homeland War in Croatia. Their help would, therefore, be very valuable in the process of restoring Notre Dame.
P.S. Arrange a tour with the school, and you can walk through their amazing workshop, accompanied by one of the Masters of stone crafts. You might get dust all over yourself, but that can be a unique experience as well.
CP: Tamara Plastić
+385 21 633 114
Address: Nova riva 4
Frequently asked questions
Ok, so I got to the island. What now?
Ah, our favourite question. 🙂 Here are just some ideas!
We’ve gathered only the best of the best restaurants, taverns, farms etc. to give you the opportunity to enjoy only the best island food, made from fresh, local ingredients. Check out our selection at gastronomy section of our website.
Do as locals do – eat well, sleep well! Again, only the best of Brač accommodation awaits you on our website, gathered under Accommodation section. Feel like royalty while you’re here!
#3 HAVE FUN.
There’s so much to see and do, all around Croatia, this truly amazing country. But, there’s even more of this awesomeness on island Brač! Here you’ll find dragons, Hercules, night sailing, poetry reading, electric dancing, graffiti painting, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it! So, here’s an idea. Browse through or culture section, plan some morning activities, go swimming in some of our beautiful villages, and the check the calendar to plan your night!
#4 AND MORE FUN.
You want more? Glad to hear it, cause there’s always something else to do on Brač! Choose your adventure, book a boat, safari tour, sightseeing or something more dangerous – Brač has it all!
#5 GET BRAČ PASS.
To enjoy yourself to the fullest, get yourself a copy of Brač Pass – interactive tour guide, with lots of discounts, interesting facts and prizes you can win!
* For getting around the island, we suggest using the local transportation. Click here for online booking with a discount!
I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!
Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.
BY SEA ///
There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.
First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.
Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!
BY AIR ///
Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač Deluxe, Rent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!
Once you’re on the island, rent a car, use taxis or local transportation. For online booking with discount, click here.
All the emergency numbers you might need but we hope you won’t!
POLICIJSKA POSTAJA BRAČ // POLICE STATION BRAČ
Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112
DOM ZDRAVLJA SUPETAR, HITNA POMOĆ // HOSPITAL, ER
Mladena Vodanovića 24 – 21 400 Supetar
+ 385 21 630 959
HRVATSKA GORSKA SLUŽBA SPAŠAVANJA // CROATIAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICES