Zvonimir Peran

2019-02-23 · 6 min read

Zvonimir Peran - blog author

On February 9, 2019. I decided to visit Trogir, a small coastal town 20 kilometers away from Split. Prior that time I had only a small portion of knowledge about it. All I knew was the fact that Trogir was a town with interesting Cathedral to visit.

After my visit, I can say Trogir is a small UNESCO pearl which will hardly leave anyone unimpressed. Those who like sightseeing will want to return to Trogir again and again.

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Trogir
Trogir

My starting destination was Split. I used a car as a means of transport. The journey from Split to Trogir was pleasing. There was no traffic jam, and the road was really good. Most of the time my driving speed was 60 - 80 km/hour. The journey took around half an hour. Even during the high season, there are no traffic jams on the route Trogir - Split due to the great two-lane road.

After passing Kastela and Split Airport, there was a sign which showed Trogir. It was really easy to access and approach the town. I left my car on the first parking after the roundabout, which is less than 1 kilometre away from the old town. The parking was free because I was visiting during the winter season.

If you plan to go visit Trogir during the summer season, there will be more cars on the road but it won't make any difference. Parking price at the same parking is 6 kunas (around 0.80 euros) per hour. Parking in the centre of the town is more expensive, so I recommend avoiding it.

If you plan to visit Croatia without a car, there are many bus lines from all major Croatian cities to Trogir. You can buy a ticket online, or at the bus station, whichever you prefer.

Walking towards the old town
Walking towards the old town

The most impressive accommodation place in Trogir is Villa Royal, located 1 kilometre away from the old town. Although it is a luxury building with a swimming pool and a view of the sea, the price for a two-person room is less than 150 euros/night.

Villa Royal Trogir
Villa Royal Trogir

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Trogir was established by Greeks in 3th century BC as a colony of Vissa, under the name Tragurion.
During Roman age it was under the authority of Salona (today's Solin). Roman sources mention Trogir as a city.
The first Christians arrived in Trogir in the 3rd century from Solin. It is known that St. Duje, today's patron saint of Split, influenced Trogir's Christians.
During the age of Constantine the Great, when Christianity became mainstream religion in the Roman Empire, Trogirians built basilica. We don't know much about it since it was destroyed. Instead, the Cathedral of St. Lawrence was built in the 13th century at the place of the old basilica.

The first Croats arrived in Trogir in the 8th century, when Trogir was part of early Croatian country. So it remained until 1102. when the Croatian country was taken over by the Hungarians.
Trogir retained some of its autonomy despite the rule of Hungarians. During Hungarian rule, the Trogir Cathedral, today considered as the most beautiful peace of art in Trogir was built.

The Hungarian rule lasted until 1420 when The Venetian Republic conquered Trogir. At that time, Venice was the strongest naval force in the world. It ruled over almost all Dalmatian cities.
During the reign of Venice, the Turkish army was harassing Europe. They tried to conquer Trogir but never succeeded. The Ottoman army never entered the city.

After the dissolution of the Venetian state, Trogir fell under Napoleon's authority in 1806 and stayed until 1814. This period was marked by the development of education in the city.

After the fall of Napoleon, Austria took over the city and stayed there until 1918, when Yugoslavia was born.

Today's Trogir is part of the Republic of Croatia, and it is one of the most favourite tourist destinations among local and foreign visitors since it features baeutiful architecure.

The most amazing place in Trogir is the main square, surrounded by The Cathedral of St. Lawrence, the Church of Blessed Virgin Marry, city lodge, and city Hall. The atmosphere of this place is comparable to the most beautiful world squares.

St. Lawrence cathedral
St. Lawrence cathedral


One of the first buildings you will notice in Trogir is The Cathedral of St. Lawrence. It is a UNESCO protected gothic masterpiece of art.

There are a few points of visitor's interest related to the Cathedral: the Cathedral Portal (entrance), bell tower, the Cathedral interior, and treasury.

Radovan's portal
Radovan's portal


The most important cultural attraction of the cathedral is Portal (main entrance), made by Radovan in the 13th century. It is considered to be a masterpiece of gothic art. Even if you are not an expert in art, you will enjoy the view of the Portal.



Upper part of the Portal
Upper part of the Portal

Most of the paintings located inside the Cathedral originate from later periods, Renaissance and Baroque.

The main altar of the Trogir Cathedral
The main altar of the Trogir Cathedral

Price for climbing bell tower is 2 euros. It took me five minutes to climb to the top. I had a nice view of Trogir and Čiovo.

Trogir Ciovo bridge
Trogir Ciovo bridge

The City Lodge, located opposite to the Cathedral, used to be a public courtroom in Trogir. It is notable for its 6 pillars decorated with capitals and two reliefs carved into the wall. Unfortunately, during the summer season, you can't clearly see the pillars, since there is a coffee bar just nearby. But what you can see clearly is a relief called The Relief of Justice made by Nicholas Florentino. Its located inside the Lodge, on the east wall. It displays a blindfolded woman caring weighing scale, which is a sign of justice. Above the woman is inscription Pro Aequitate, Latin expression which means "for equity".
The second sculpture, made by Ivan Meštrović, is dedicated to Croatian bishop Petar Berislavic.

The Relief of Justice
The Relief of Justice


City Lodge and St.  Sebastian's  church
City Lodge and St. Sebastian's church

Just near the Lodge, there is St. Sebastian's church with the clock tower. At the entrance to the church, there are two sculptures: one depicts St. Sebastian the Martyr, and the other depicts Christ.
Near the church, there is a museum of sacral art in Trogir, which is worth visiting.

The next building surrounding the main square is City Hall. It is a combination of various artistic styles. Trogir's tourist board office is located in there.

City Hall
City Hall

Trogir features many interesting palaces of noble families, but Cipko Palace stands out the most. It's Reinnesance building located opposite the Cathedral, on the western side.

Cipko Palace
Cipko Palace

After visiting impressive main square, it was time to take a walk on Riva.

The atmosphere on Riva is relaxed, with locals and visitors sitting in coffee bars and enjoying the sun. I felt the same atmosphere that can be felt in Split, Sibenik and other ancient coastal towns in Croatia.

There are numerous tourist agencies selling tours to nearby islands Brac, Hvar, Korcula, Bisevo etc. Some of them are avaliable to reserve online.

Trogir Riva
Trogir Riva

The second most famous cultural attraction of Trogir is Fortress Kamerlengo. It was built by Venice in the 15th century for the purpose of defence against the Osman Empire. Venice, which at that time had the rule over most of Dalmatian coast, built similar fortresses in other towns. Especially featured are Sibenik fortresses.

The fortress is trapeze-shaped with four towers at its angles.
Unfortunately, I couldn't enter the fortress because it was closed. Visitors can enter inside only during the summer season.

I returned back to Trogir on August 27, 2019. The fortress was opened. I paid 25 kunas (around 3.5 euros) for entering the fortress. The climbing took around 10 minutes. The stairs were a little bit tough at the times (I recommend not to wear flip flops while climbing the fortress), but it was worth the effort and money. The view from the top of the fortress was amazing. You can see how beautiful Trogir really is.

Fortress Kamerlengo
Fortress Kamerlengo


View of Trogir from Kamerlengo
View of Trogir from Kamerlengo

Trogir city museum is located in the palace, not far away from the Cathedral. The museum features archaeological remains in Trogir from all the ages. The earliest exhibits are from the Greek (Hellenic) period.
The exhibition of the museum takes place in several rooms. One of them is dedicated to Trogir`s modern art of the 20th century. You can see amazing paintings made by oil painting on canvas.
Another room features stone works mostly from the middle ages and Renaissance. Additionally, you can see how did the living room of a rich noble family from Trogir look like in the 17th century.

Remains from Hellenic period
Remains from Hellenic period

St. Dominic's church, located near fortress Kamerlengo, is another gothic masterpiece of art. The main portal features tympanum which depicts Our Lady, St. Mary Magdalen, and St. Augustine.

St. Dominic's  Church lunette
St. Dominic's Church lunette

Baroque lunette of on the church of St. Peter was built by Nikola Firentinac, famous architect and sculptor who also participated in the construction of Sibenik Cathedral.

St Peter lunette
St Peter lunette

There are many other buildings, churches and sculptures located in Trogir. I let you explore them by yourself, and enjoy the atmosphere of this amazing UNESCO city.

Just near the city of Trogir, there is an island called Čiovo, also know as top tourist destination. Čiovo has many beautiful apartments, beaches and restaurants.
There are two bridges connecting Čiovo with the land. One of them is closed occasionally due to the passage of ships.

Ciovo island
Ciovo island

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