Trogir Tourist Attractions
Long considered one of the best spots to visit on the Dalmatian coast, Trogir is a treasure trove of delights. The town was started in 380 BC and except for a lapse of 70 years, has been continuously inhabited by a succession of Greeks, Romans, Hungarians, and Venetians.Trogir was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1997 and sees its fair share of tourists. The town is well set up to accommodate the visitors with a variety of accommodation and dining options.Restoration projects over the past number of years have helped revitalize the beautiful buildings. Trogir's Romanesque and Renaissance architecture is primarily contained within the 15th century city walls. Just a few steps down from the tangle of the medieval streets is a pleasant waterfront promenade.
Cathedral of St Lawrence
Trogir's Cathedral of St Lawrence is considered by many to be one of the finest architectural achievements in all of Croatia. The Cathedral of St Lawrence has three aisles and is built on the site of an ancient church originally destroyed by the Saracens.Building started in 1193 and continued for many years and finished in or around 1500. One of the most notable features of the church is an amazing Romanesque door carved in or around 1240 by Master Radovan. Complementing the door are two stone lions.The Cathedral of St Lawrence features a 14th century bell tower 47m / 154ft high. Visitors can climb to the tower, usually before noon, for a small fee. Also not to be missed at the Cathedral of St Louro is the Renaissance Chapel of St Ivan. The chapel features paintings of St Jerome and St John the Baptist. The decorations within the chapel were created from 1461 to 1497 by Firentinac and Duknovic. The entrance to the chapel is through a back door and can be difficult to find.
The Cipiko Palace is located across from the main entrance of St Lawrence Cathedral, in Trogir's northwest corner. The Palace was the home of the Cipiko family, one of the town's most prominent families during the 15th Century. The structure was the creation of Firentinac and Alesi. The Cipiko Palace has a number of unique and noteworthy features, including a carved Venetian Gothic window designed by Alesi himself. At the main entrance stands a carved wooden statue of a cockerel. It was taken from the prow of a Turkish navy ship following a decisive battle in the mid 1400s, in which Turkey was defeated. One of the Cipiko family members, a captain from Togir, was involved in the battle.
Kamerlengo Castle and St Mark's Tower
Kamerlengo Castle was connected to St Marks Tower at one time. The Kamerlengo Castle dates to the early part of the 15th Century and was built by the Venetians. It was once the Venetian governor's palace. The castle looks out over the sea, with high walls that connect three towers. The Kamerlengo Castle is used to host outdoor performances during the summer in the courtyard.The Renaissance St Mark's Tower (Kula svetog Marka) was built after the castle. The tower is circular and once had artillery on the top. It was built to defend the channel between the island and the mainland. The Kamerlengo Castle and St Mark's Tower is located in the southwest of Trogir.
The Trogir Civic Museum (Muzej Grada Trogira) is housed in the Baroque Garagnin-Fanfogna Palace. The museum is located across from the Land Gate in the northwest corner of Trogir. On display at the Trogir Civic Museum are a variety of Greek and Roman artifacts, books, documents, drawings, costumes and antique clothing. The first floor offers a nice collection of 18th Century furniture. The museum is by no means worth a special visit but its location near the Land Gate and the Cathedral of St Lawrence makes it a convenient stop during a walking tour of this area of Trogir.
The Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata) was the main entrance to Trogir during the time of Venetian rule when the city walls were built in the 15th Century. The Land Gate was rebuilt in the 17th Century in late-Renaissance style. This tall doorway once came complete with a drawbridge. Above the door's arch is the Lion of St Mark, which was the symbol of Venice, and above that is the town's patron saint, St John of Trogir (Sv Ivan Trogirski), also referred to as Giovanni Orsini in Italian. St John of Trogir was a 12th Century bishop.
Trogir Loggia and Clock Tower
On John Paul II Square (Trg Ivana Pavla II) is the Trogir Loggia and Clock Tower. The 14th Century Loggia contains relief by Nikola Firentinac known as "Justice" dating to 1471, and an equestrian relief by Ivan Mestrovic from 1950. Next to the Loggia is the Clock Tower, which was once part of the church of St Sebastian. The top of the Clock Tower is a dome, which was taken from the chapel of St Sebastian in the middle of the 15th Century. On the front of the tower is a statue of a saint, by Firentinac.The blue face of the clock adds a unique flare to the structure.
Lorded over by a massive tower, now converted to the Hotel Kastil, Marina is a small seaside resort on the Dalmatian Coast. Marina has a beautiful sand and pebble beach wth architecture of note in two churches; the Gothic St Luke and the Gothic and Renaissance St John. These two churches were built in the 15th century and are still maintained by the same family clan.Located 12km west of Trogir, Marina makes an easy day trip. The local bay, aptly named Marina Bay, is favored by yachters from around the world. The sheltered bay is protected from wind on all sides and full services are provided by the Agana Marina with 140 sea berths and 100 land berths. One of the other reasons this area is preferred by yachters is for the multiple beautiful coves dotted with sand and pebble beaches.