10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Trogir
Long considered one of the best vacation spots on the Dalmatian coast, Trogir is a treasure trove of delights. The town was started in 380 BC and has been continuously inhabited by a succession of Greeks, Romans, Hungarians, and Venetians. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and one of the region's most popular tourist destinations, this delightful town is well set up to accommodate visitors with its numerous and diverse hotel and dining options. Restoration projects undertaken in recent years have helped revitalize the city's many beautiful historic attractions, in particular Trogir's splendid Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, much of which is primarily contained within the 15th-century city walls. Just a few steps down from this delightful tangle of medieval streets is a pleasant waterfront promenade.
1 Trogir Cathedral
Trogir Cathedral (Katedrala Sv. Lovre) - also known as the Cathedral of St. Lawrence - is widely considered one of the finest architectural achievements in Croatia. Construction of this splendid three-aisled structure, built on the site of an ancient church destroyed by the Saracens, commenced in 1193 and continued for many years until finally completed around 1500. One of the most notable features is its amazing Romanesque door, carved in 1240 by Master Radovan, flanked by two stone lions. Other notable highlights include a 47-meter-tall 14th-century bell tower that visitors can climb (usually before noon, for a small fee). Also not to be missed is the Renaissance Chapel of St. Ivan featuring many fine paintings of St. Jerome and St. John the Baptist, as well as decorations created between 1461 and 1497 by Firentinac and Duknovic.
Address: Trg Ivana Pavla II, Trogir
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2 Cipiko Palace
Cipiko Palace, in the Town Square across from the main entrance of Trogir Cathedral, was the home of the Cipiko family, one of the region's most prominent families during the 15th century. The creation of famed architects Firentinac and Alesi, this splendid old palace - really two palaces joined together as the family's wealth increased - boasts a number of unique and noteworthy features, including a carved Venetian Gothic window designed by Alesi himself. Also of note at the main entrance is a carved wooden statue of a cockerel taken from the prow of a Turkish ship following a decisive battle in the mid 1400s in which Turkey was defeated (one of the Cipiko family members, a captain from Trogir, was involved in the battle).
3 Kamerlengo Castle and St. Mark's Tower
The impressive Kamerlengo Castle dates back to the early part of the 15th century. It was built by the Venetians and served for a time as the governor's palace. With its commanding views over the sea and high walls connecting its three towers, this splendid old castle has found new life as a venue for outdoor performances held during the summer months in the courtyard. Renaissance St. Mark's Tower (Kula svetog Marka), built after the castle in a circular shape, was once used to support artillery on its broad roof and was built to defend the channel between the island and the mainland. Along with its broad grounds and waterfront setting, it's a delightful place to explore as you ponder its former role safeguarding the old city.
Address: 21220, Trogir
4 The City Gates: Land Gate
The Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata) was the main entrance to Trogir during the 15th century, and was a vital part of the Venetian defenses along with the city walls, which were built at the same time. Rebuilt in the 17th century in late-Renaissance style, the structure's tall doorway once housed a drawbridge. Notable features include, the Lion of St. Mark (the symbol of Venice) above the door's arch, and a statue of the city's patron saint, St. John of Trogir (Sv Ivan Trogirski), also referred to as Giovanni Orsini in Italian. Another historic structure worth a visit is the North Gate. Though much smaller, it served as an important access point, and today it's surrounded by many great cafés, shops, and restaurants.
5 The Clock Tower and City Loggia
One of Trogir's most famous landmarks, the Clock Tower - once part of the church of St. Sebastian - stands on John Paul II Square (Trg Ivana Pavla II) next to the Loggia. Famous for its large blue face and domed roof taken from the chapel of St. Sebastian in the middle of the 15th century, the tower also boasts a statue known as Justice that was carved by Nikola Firentinac in 1471. The Loggia, previously at the level of the square but now reached by a few steps, was once linked with the Church of St. Mary and is notable for its fine reliefs and columns.
6 The Church of St. Peter
Once part of a Benedictine monastery, the lovely Church of St. Peter is best known for the half-sculpture of its patron saint looking down from the doorway with Bible and scrolls in hand. Believed to have been built in the 14th century, the church's interior belies its rather plain exterior and contains numerous fine paintings, including works by such important artists as Molinari and Lazzarini. Other highlights include a number of 17th-century sculptures by Jakov Jucen, who is also believed to be responsible for the building's fine paneled ceiling, as well as statues of Saints Peter and Paul carved from wood.
7 St. Dominic Monastery
Founded in 1265, St. Dominic Monastery has been much added to over the years, with its church and nave constructed later in the 14th century. Highlights of this lovely monastery's exquisite interior include a number of important old tombs, including those of Ivan and Simun Sobota, well known in the city as humanists in the 15th century. Also of interest is the triumphal arch and an altar made of wood by Palma the Younger dating from around 1600, along with numerous important works of art and religious relics.
8 The Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas
Another monastic church of interest is that of the Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas. Built in 1066 with a bell tower added in the 16th century, the building's most impressive feature is its splendid interior, completely rebuilt in Baroque style in the 1700s. In addition to fine inscriptions carved in honor of the city's leading figures, the building boasts a number of precious artworks, including the Kairos, an exquisite relief depicting figures and scenes from Greek mythology. Of the church's many paintings, the most notable are pieces by Antonio Zanchi, Paolo Veneziano, and Nicollo Grassi, along with a 13th-century Madonna and Child.
9 The Civic Museum
The Trogir Civic Museum (Muzej Grada Trogira), housed in the Baroque Garagnin-Fanfogna Palace, is across from the Land Gate in the northwest corner of Trogir. Highlights of this worthwhile museum are displays of a variety of Greek and Roman artifacts, old manuscripts and documents, drawings and paintings, as well as old uniforms and antique clothing. Also of interest is a fine collection of 18th-century furniture on the first floor. While a quick visit is enough to explore the museum's highlights, its location near the Land Gate and the cathedral make it a convenient stop during a walking tour of this area of Trogir.
Address: Address: Address: Ulica Gradska vrata 4, 21220, Trogir
10 The Town of Marina
Just 20 kilometers west of Trogir is the pleasant coastal town of Marina, a picturesque community dominated by a massive tower that has been converted into the Hotel Kastil. This small seaside resort on the Dalmatian Coast boasts a beautiful sand and pebble beach, along with notable architecture in its two churches, the Gothic St. Luke and the Gothic and Renaissance St. John, both built in the 15th century and still maintained by the same family. Marina makes for a fun day trip, especially if the aptly-named Marina Bay is included, a much-favored spot for yachting types from around the world.