The Greeks, the Romans and the Venetians all contributed to make Trogir the wonderful medieval city that it is. UNESCO also recognised it’s history and culture giving the town world heritage status in 1997.
Trogir is actually situated on a small island less than an hour north of Split. Greeks from the Island of Vis first settled here in the 3rd century BC and the layout of the city dates back to these days.
Walk through the northern gate of the 13th century walls and enter a town filled with architectural treasures from these early civilisations. Palaces, churches, towers and stone buildings line the cobblestone streets.
The main sights include….
Cathedral of St Lawrence ( Katedrala Sv. Lovre in Croatian)
Before entering this Romanesque cathedral, stop and admire the wonderfully carved entrance created by one of the early masters of Croatian sculpture, Radovan in 1240. The entrance features carved lions, the symbol of Venice and above them, Adam And Eve….the first nude sculptures in Croatia!
A 15th century stone building featuring a beautiful staircase and coats of arms all around the Gothic courtyard
Grand Cipiko Palace
Originally home to a well known family in the 15th century
St Sebastian, the Clock tower and Loggia
The 15th century St. Sebastian’s church with the town clock in its tower is on the main town square. Next door is a loggia that was used for meetings and shelter and has a fabulous painted ceiling.
The Southern Gate
This fortress was once part of the city walls. Today the walk is along a beautiful promenade lined with palm trees and cafes.
Just before you cross the bridge to the island, Trogir’s daily market takes place. As well as the fresh fruit and vegetable stalls, there was a huge display of local olive oil for sale. It was garlic season and a lot of people just found a spot on the side of the road selling their fresh garlic. Fresh flowers for sale added a lot of colour to this market but for my husband, the highlight was the delicious shrimp roll from one of the food stalls!
Daily free guided tours are available from in front of the Portal Travel Agency.
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