Polača is the local name for both a place located in the interior of Strožanac and for the impressive remains of the polača (palace) located here, which apparently gave the entire region its name. These are the only remains of late Antique period residential architecture in Podstrana. The complex is situated on a mild elevation, in the immediate vicinity of a permanent source of potable water which, together with the dimensions (the walls of the ruins are about 5-6 m in height) and certain architectural features of this villae rusticae – the type of stone from which it was made, buttresses and the existence of a tiled floor – indicate that it could have been the centre of a huge commercial estate.
There exist no unambiguous historical records that would reveal the identity of the owner of this polača. The opinion exists that such a lavish estate could have only belonged to a person of high importance in Podstrana during this period. The eminent Ausonius, who lived in the 5th/ 6th century, and whose funerary stela with the list of his titles, i.e functions (illustrious husband, dignitary of the honourable imperial council and perfect consul of Dalmatia) was discovered in the necropolis of St Martin meets this description very well.
From the Cindro summer residence on the coast of Strožanac to Polača, there stretched an embankment which is believed to be the remains of a Roman division of land made during the period when the ager of Salona began expanding on the other bank of the river Žrnovnica, i.e. on the side of Podstrana. This long tradition in agriculture and microclimatic conditions in Polača are favourable for the cultivation of excellent varieties of vegetables, grapevines and olive trees, thus contributing to the affirmation of organic agriculture in Podstrana.
The main mountain path in Podstrana passes through Polača. The path begins near the building of the Tourist Board, passes through the remains of Polača villaand leads towards the macadam road that passes through Gornja Podstrana towards the climbing area below the summit of Veliki Perun and towards the Church of St George on Perunsko peak.