Story

Saint Francis strand, Saint Anthony slope, Saint Nicholas port … these are just some of the names for the natural bay beetwen two Marjan reefs; Tomića stine (Tomić rock) and Solurat. Presently accepted name ''Matejuška'' has been found for the first time in manuscript in 1807 and today is the toponym of the most beautiful, fishermen port of the town. The origin of the name, most probably refers to brothers Mate and Joško, whose mum was calling them out loud for lounch. Emerged at the location of the sulphoric springs, that were one of the reasons why Diocletian built its palace here, this was a neighbourhood which at the begining of 20th century had the first public beach, ship yard Košćina, hydroport with the flights to Prague, house of the rowing club Gusar..and so much more that a particle can hide underneath its skirts…

''Dujkin dvor'' (Dujka's Court) is just one of the romantic strings, whose tale has knitted the story of this living monument of rural and piscatory Split. Roko Ljubica, called Balauska, was a son of the roper, involved in the fishermen's world form the early childhood. He was knitting the ropes, washing the boats, assisting with the pray catch…

Dujka Bašić, called Cicela, later on called Cicibela, was a daughter of the carrier, and like Roko, she lived in poverty.

Their social life was placed at the buffets and cellars of Matejuška. When Dujka's parents had passed away, she was left with no place to live. At that time, Roko had found an old gajeta (type of fishermen boat) and made out of it a place where he could host his Dujka. As every real Dalamtian girl, she didn't want to move in unmarried. They got married in 1903 and the ceremony celebration took part in the buffet ''Barić'' where the two had met. At this very place.

Dujka was the center of Roko's universe but he didn't have anything to offer her except his old boat. So, in her honour he named it ''Dujkin Dvor'' (Dujka's Court) and the old boat became their court and their palace. Too week to set sail, but strong enough to host love. They have been living in poverty, but in harmony for many years. Instead of children they had a female dog Bellina, living with them aboard. If they managed to earn sometnig from the fish sale, Dujka was first to eat, then Bellina, and then, at the end was Roko's turn. They did beg from time to time, but they never stole. They died quietly, in the silence of one cold winter…together, as they spent their whole life.

Their life has been set to music and to the stage of Dalmatian cultural scene, and as such, it makes an inevitable part of cultural herritage of Split. Our small garden has also been named in their honour. Let this time their residence be full of feasts, people and songs. Trough the abundance of domestic kitchen, let the taste of eternal love seals the palate of every guest of ''Dujka's Court''