Svima nam je već dobro poznato kako je Hrvatska od 1. siječnja ove godine centar Vijeća Europske Unije. U sklopu predsjedanja Vijeća ove zajednice, države se članice izmjenjuju na tom položaju svakih šest mjeseci. S obzirom na to da će Hrvatska biti u ulozi “glavne države” Vijeća Unije još 20 dana, do 30. lipnja 2020. godine, Ministarstvo vanjskih i europskih poslova odlučilo je angažirati baš našu školu za predstavnika spoja prirodne ljepote i očuvanja kulturne baštine u Republici Hrvatskoj. Tom je prilikom Klesarska škola dobila počasni zadatak izraditi suvenire, točnije avane, od bračkog kamena koji su uručeni ministrima EU. Uz suvenir, svaki je ministar dobio i edukativnu brošuru o umijeću klesanja, povijesti i radu naše škole te o korištenju (kamenog) avana, kao i informacijama o prekrasnoj hrvatskoj obali, od Istre do Dubrovnika. Na taj se način Europska Unija još jednom upoznala s vrednotama prirode i tradicije jedne od svojih članica te saznala važnost našeg postojanja na području Europe, ali i puno šire.
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White stone carving school in the Adriatic
One would say that Brač, the third largest Croatian island, is popular among tourists thanks to its gorgeous pebbly beach Zlatni rat. However, once there, visitors discover another hidden treasure of this sunny piece of land: the white limestone.
You may not know this, but the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C., was partly built with this stone as pure as you can imagine. It is not excluded that the residence of US presidents erected at the end of the 18th century actually owes its poetic name to several impressive quarries in the middle of an incredibly turquoise sea belonging at that time to the Austrian Empire.
However, Washington is not the only city that had the idea to build a public building of white limestone from the island of Brač. Parliaments in Vienna and Budapest – capitals of Austrian and Hungarian parts of the Habsburg Monarchy – also opted for the same building material. Magnificent snow white palaces in Venice still resist the sea today.
The Cathedral of St. James in the Dalmatian regional capital Šibenik founded by the King Petar Krešimir the Great almost ten centuries ago is decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women and children in the spirit of Renaissance. Roman Emperor Diocletian had already admired the white stone of Brač 1700 years ago and thereafter ordered a construction of his palace and military fortress on the Dalmatian coast. That is how today’s second-largest Croatian city of Split was founded.
Highly skilled artisans
A unique stone carving high school was eventually opened on the island of Brač in 1909. Traditionally, the stone blocks were extracted by saw instead of using dynamite since the limestone is easily workable. It is therefore suitable for the finest stonework. Even today, the about 80 students mainly from Croatia, but also from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and the Czech Republic, use manually powered tools as they did centuries ago.
Each year, the school educates a full class of highly skilled artisans ready to perform the arduous stone craftsmanship or continue their studies in architecture and other creative fields. In 2019, the school joined Germany, Spain and Romania in BIMstone educational project co-funded by Erasmus+ and focused on the development of multimedia materials on stone products in the European architecture.
The stone carving school is located next to a natural harbour in the picturesque town of Pučišća with 1600 inhabitants. Every year it attracts between 13 and 15 thousand visitors willing to pay for a tour. Information is available in Croatian, English, French, German, Italian and Czech. If you would like to learn how to dress stone, summer classes are available for tourists as well.
However, they cannot be held this summer due to strict sanitary measures.