Favorite thing: Most people who visit the Adriatic Coast, stop in Split and Dubrovnik and if this is the case for you, be sure to visit Trogir as well. It's just a short bus ride away from the busier streets of Split to the tranquility of this pseudo island oasis. Why do I say pseudo-island? Well, the mainland is so incredibly close that it doesn't really feel like you're all that isolated, but nonetheless, Trogir is a beautiful spot.
Favorite thing: Trogir's origins trace back to the original Greek inhabitants of the 3rd century B.C., but most of what you see today is reminiscent of Venetian and Roman roots. This carving is found above the main door to the Domincan Church along the Riva and depicts Mary Magdalene covered only by her long flowing, tresses.
Favorite thing: Trogir's most dominant features to me, were its waterfront promenade and its main central square, Trg Ivana Pavla II where you'll find the Cathedral and a number of other important architectural buildings. However, part of the real charm of Trogir is found in the streets that fan out from the main square. Narrow passageways and time worn buildings can be found all throughout the Old Town and merit your exploration.
Favorite thing: After crossing the small bridge adjacent to the bus station, I entered into the Old Town through this simple arch known as the Land Gate. Topping the structure is a statue of the town's protector, the 12th century bishop St. John of Trogir. His image can be seen in some paintings in the Cathedral as well.
The day I was in Trogir was gorgeous although it was a little cool. The breeze coming off the water was fresh, but fortunately the sun was shining and it was pleasant to stroll around and grab a bite to eat along the waterfront promenade.
I bet these clothes drying in the breeze smelled great.
The whole city is like one big open museum.
Trogir is a remarkable example of urban continuity. The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period.
Where ever you decide to go be sure that you can no miss anythig. Every street is interesting and what I like the most about it is that people still live and work there like it was an everyday thing!
The most valuable monument of Trogir is the three-nave Cathedral of St. Lawrence built from 13-15 century. Its huge proportions dominates the old core of the town and whole islet aswell.
Btw, the front facade of the dathedral is still under the major reconstruction works but, as I was told, it will be finshed before high season.
Fondest memory: The portal of the cathedral was designed by master Radovan and it is a unique masterpiece work. It is decorated by reliefs and sculptures representing the life style of the time.
As I have mentioned before, the magnificient portal of the cathedral is a must see. It is one of the most beautiful portals in whole the world.
Fondest memory: By the time I have visited Trogir, and made this picture with analoque camera in 2002, the cathedral was under reconstructions and closed for the visitors. During my recent visit, in April 2006, I even couldn't approach to the portal.
The waterfront, coloquially called Riva, is the most distinctive top attraction of Trogir. It was renovated in 2002, under the designs of the most prominent Croatian architects.
Riva is mostly reserved for mega-yachts berthing. During the whole summer season it hosts numerous yachts of world celebrities.
Defending fortress of St. Marc is situated on north-west end of Trogir islet, built by Venetians in the 15th century for defense from Turks. It was the part of the west defense line together with fortress Kamerlengo, connected with it by the walls which disappeared after numerous battles.
Fondest memory: This picture was taken from the Fortress of Kamerlengo and as you can see in between there is a footbal stadium, no such exist in whole the world.
The view at the southern part of the city defending walls built by Venetians in 13 - 15 centuries. Most of the city walls were destroyed in the 17th century during the attaks of Turks.
In the central position of the picture there is the defending tower of Vitturi, one of the two very well preserved towers.
Fondest memory: Ciovo is small island and practically it makes a sort of suburb of Trogir, connected by the bridge with the old core of the town. It is residental area and the main bathing resort of Trogir.
Fortress Kamerlengo is situated at west end of Trogir islet. It is rather small but compact fortress which served as the naval base in Venetian times of the town.
Nowadays it is an multimedia center with open air cinema.
Favorite thing: Walls and doorways of old houses are full of stories and signs about former tenants, all depends on whether the observer will notice and recognize them or not. In ancient times the shape of the house, its size and decorative elements clearly showed who the owner is and what his occupation is. Or is it perhaps the secret in the stone that is easily worked and last forever? Either way, I personally much prefer the old houses because I think they were more humane and erected with love and care.
* Tourist Office
Trg Ivana Pavla II. Br. 1
- Tel.: (+385) 021 881 412
- Fax: (+385) 021 881 412
- Internet: www.dalmacija.net/trogir.htm
- E mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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