Kuća u Kući
One of Bol’s cultural monuments is Kuća u kući, i.e. a house at home. A place frequently visited by tourists is associated with the legend of the late Vuković family and one resident of Marek. This story sounds as if it was taken alive from a book – a detective story. Marko had a large family. He often lacked a livelihood and was forced to borrow money from the six Vukovic brothers. They were quite married, three of them engaged in maritime trade and the remaining three were clergymen. Every day Marko borrowed more and more from his brothers, but he did not pay back the specified amounts. Having no way to pay his debts, he gave his brothers the land around his house. One day, three of the brothers decided to build a palace for their chosen ones. They asked Mark to sell them the rest of his land, which he did not agree to. To make him change his mind, they started building a palace on the outside of his house. They managed to put up the side walls and then ran out of materials for further construction. So all the brothers set out together for the rest of the material. On the way back, however, they encountered a strong storm that sank their boat with them. Marko lived the rest of his life in his house surrounded by a high wall of a would-be palace.
The Dominican monastery was built in the 15th century in place of the bishop’s palace, the oldest records of which come from 1184. The architecture of the monastery strongly refers to the early Christian architecture, which became the starting point for many medieval sacred buildings. The monastery has a valuable collection of paintings, the most interesting of which is the painting of the Madonna with Child and Saints. The painting was painted by the famous Tintoretto. The Dominicans also have paintings by a Croatian baroque painter – Tripa Kokolje. Right next to the monastery there is a museum, where the permanent exhibition includes: a collection of items from prehistoric times, a numismatic collection, a collection of underwater archeology, books and decrees from the 15th century, a collection of liturgical vestments and many other interesting items. We strongly encourage you to visit the museum.
The island of Brač, apart from being famous for its stone, is also known for wine growing, especially its Plavac Mali variety. The Bol Winery is located in the center of the village, right next to the bus station. It was built in 1903 for the needs of the members of the First Dalmatian Wine Cooperative. The first gold medal was awarded to this winery in 1909 at the international wine exhibition in Paris. In 2009. the winery was completely renovated and modernized. There are also new vineyards on the island where grapevines are grown in a traditional way – by hand. The vineyards are located on the southern and south-eastern part of the island, at an altitude of 420 – 550 meters above sea level. You can buy several different types of red, white and rosé wine in the wine cellar. Stina wine comes only from grapes harvested from vineyards in Brač. We encourage you to taste!
The Art Gallery in Bol was founded in 1963 and owes its name to the great sculptor Branislav Dešković. The gallery is located in a Renaissance palace located right next to the city harbor. The permanent exhibition of the gallery consists of over 300 works of Croatian art, mainly on Mediterranean themes. The presented paintings and sculptures mainly reflect the atmosphere of Dalmatia and the island of Brač. The entire exhibition is presented on three floors. You can find there works of famous Croatian artists such as: Grga Antunuc, Ivo Dulčić, Nevenka Đorđević, Raoul Goldoni, Ljuba Ivančić, Ante Kaštelančić and many others. The gallery also organizes many author’s exhibitions and is recognized as the venue of the Artists’ Association.