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Pucisca

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Pučišća is a coastal town and a municipality on the island of Brač in Croatia. It is often listed as one of the prettiest villages in Europe. It is known for its white lime stone and beautiful bay. The town has a population of 1,529 (2011 census).Pučišća lies at the end of a deep natural bay on the northern coast of Brač, which in the summer months gives its harbour protection from the winds of the open sea. The bay splits in two arms, Stipanska luka ('Stephen's harbour') to the east and Pučinski dolac ('Pučišća's valley') to the west. From the waterfront, the island rises quickly, giving the town an amphitheater-like appearance. Suggestively, the deepest point of the harbour is called Talija.Many of the buildings are built with local stone, and so are the numerous monuments which adorn the town. Stone has long been a major part of Pučišćas economy and self-image. Jadrankamen, the largest stone quarry company in Europe, is located here, as is Croatia's only stone mason school. A number of historic quarries, some of them going back to Roman times, can be found further east.It was a privilege of the aristocrats and the stone masons (called artišti) to live at the waterfront of Pučišća (called riva). This, and the easy access to the white lime stone from the local quarries, gave Pučišća its look. The houses at the waterfront were spacious and wealthy. The higher you climb up the hill, the smaller the historic houses become.NameThe local folk etymology explains that Pučišća used to be called Spuzišća, remembering their move here from the uphill and inland settlements of Pražnica and Straževnik in the 15th century.Academics derive the name from the Latin word puteus for fountain. The word was later Croatized as puč.
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