Brač stone is the symbol of the island of Brač since ancient times. A natural treasure that the locals have been “picking” – as they say, for centuries, and creating a whole range of works of art, from jewellery to monumental world buildings.
Given the composition, properties, use etc, there is an agreed classification of rocks on Earth. On the same principle, a system was made in which the types of stones as a product of rocks were classified. In general, stones are divided into technical building stone and natural or architectural stone. Furthermore, architectural stone is divided into two commercial types: granite and marble. Thus, Brač stone is therefore classified as a natural white commercial marble, of sedimentary origin.
From the perspective of the inhabitants of the island of Brač, their stone is an invaluable treasure for them, a substance they have lived with since ancient times and for which they are
known in the world. The hall of the United Nations building in New York was decorated with stone from the Brač quarries, and magnificent architectural works have been built throughout history: Diocletian’s Palace in Split, the Parliament and the New Palace in Vienna, the Parliament in Budapest, the Governor’s Palace in Trieste…
The immediate surrounding of Pučišća is the richest deposit of Brač stone. There are large quarries Punta, Barbakan and Kupinovo where the purest white Brač marble is exploited. In the same place there is a stonemason’s school known in the world, characterized by a long existence and high quality.
On the island you can also see authentic piles of rough stone stacked in the walls along the field roads. The stone has been collected for centuries by shepherds and farmers to clear the karst soil and thus turn it into arable land. These boundary walls are called dry stone walls (in free translation) and are characterized by a stacking technique without binding material.
On the other hand, the most prominent Dalmatian Renaissance builders and sculptors, such as Juraj Dalmatinac, Andrija Aleši and Nikola Firentinac, also showed their amazing creative talent on the Brač stone.
Whether it is about the life of an ordinary farmer, acclaimed artist or modern entrepreneur, the tradition of use, making and selling creative objects and souvenirs or famous monuments construction, anyhow, Brač stone has become an inseparable part of the identity of the island.