The old town of Trogir is situated on an islet. Two bridges make it possible to go from this islet to the mainland and to the island of Čiovo.
Trogir kept its medieval character, you will be charmed by its narrow streets and its beautiful stone houses.
The entire old town is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
1 – Cathedral of Saint Lawrence
The cathedral of Trogir was built from the 13th to the 17th century, it is dedicated to Saint Lawrence.
Here’s what you’ll see there:
The portal of Radovan is one of the most impressive masterpieces in Croatia, it was directed by the master Radovan in 1240.
On each side of the portal you can see a lion and on the left the statue of Eve, on the right the statue of Adam.
Three rows of columns were intricately carved, the small characters below them are Turkish and Jewish people. The artist wanted to symbolize their inferiority to the church’s eyes at the time.
On the first columns are the Apostles, the middle one represent scenes of work of the 4 seasons, and the third one represents daily scenes of medieval life and fantastic animals.
Above, on the eardrum are represented the Virgin and child, on each side the annunciation to the shepherds and the Three kings, around it scenes of the life of Jesus.
On the top of the portal you can see a small statue of St Lawrence, you will recognize it by the grill in his hand, the symbol of his martyrdom. St Lawrence had been burnt alive.
Chapel of blessed John of Trogir
Inside the cathedral do not miss the chapel dedicated to St John of Trogir, it is a magnificent work carried out by Nikola Firentinac (Nicolas from Florence).
If you went to Šibenik you will know that the roof of the cathedral and its dome were made by stone blocks embedded into each other without requiring any seal. It is in this chapel that Firentinac tried this inovative technique, and realized the vault in the same way.
At its base you will see cherubs coming out of a door, they carry torches and symbolize the passage between life and death. Above them, the apostles and saints represent life on earth. On the top the coronation of the Virgin Mary, the representation of Christ and the angels symbolize the spiritual life.
In the center of the chapel is the sarcophagus of the patron saint of the town, St John of Trogir.
Only the angels on each side of the sarcophagus are from the 18th century.
Bell tower of the cathedral
Standing outside in front of the cathedral, you will be able to see its bell tower. It was conducted over several centuries and that’s why it has different architectural styles. From the bottom to the top: Gothic, Venetian Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.
You may notice a golden sphere on the top, it contains the relics of the patron saints of the town.
2 – Tribunal
On the town’s main square, looking at the cathedral, turn around and you will see the former town courthouse dating from the time when Dalmatia was part of the Venetian Republic.
Men were judged here and the people could assist to the trial from the square. Women were judged in Saint Mary’s church nearby. Nobles were judged in private houses.
When entering in the courthouse you will see the judges’ table. On the wall behind the table notice the statue of a blindfolded woman carrying a scale, she represents the justice. On the left side St John of Trogir carries in his hands the model of Trogir, on the right side St Lawrence carrying a grill, the symbol of his martyrdom.
3 – Clock tower
As a punishment the guilty was tied to a column of shame, a wooden column which has now disappeared, but you can still see the chains at the base of the clock tower, next to the courthouse.
Notice the statue of Saint Sebastian, it is said that he protected the city from the plague.
4 – Town hall
Standing in front of the clock tower, the building that is on your left is the Town Hall. Notice on its facade a verse of the national anthem Lijepa naša ‘Kud li šumiš svijetu reci da svoj narod Hrvat ljubi!’ (Wherever you go, tell the world that a Croat loves his homeland!).
Go inside the town hall to see its beautiful staircase and its well. On the walls you can see the coats of arms of noble families of Trogir.
5 – Čipiko’s palace
Čipiko’s palace from the15th century is situated in front of the main entrance to the cathedral.
This is the Grand Čipiko’s Palace, it used to be connected to the small Čipiko’s Palace by a footbridge.
Its facade is very beautiful, especially the balcony. You will see a wooden rooster In the courtyard, this is a copy, the original one is in the museum of the city. It was taken from the prow of a Turkish ship after the victory in the Battle of Lepanto in 1571.
1- Walk around the old town
Once you cross the bridge to get to the old town, you’ll arrive at the Land gate, the main entrance to the town. On the top of the gate notice the statue of one of the Saint patrons of the town, Saint John of Trogir with a model of the town in his hands. He was a bishop who lived in the 11th century. He was sent from Rome to reconnect citizens living in discord, his mission was accomplished and he became a saint.
Don’t pass under the gate, instead of that go on the left and follow this street going around the islet. You’ll arrive at the bridge going to the island of Čiovo. Continue along the sea until you arrive at the loggia. During Venetian Republic, the gates into the town were locked at night and anyone who arrived too late would spend the night sleeping in the loggia.
Just next to the loggia is the Sea gate and its impressive door.
Continue your way along the sea, you will see on your right the church of Saint Dominic. Stop a moment to take a look at the bas relief above the portal and notice this tiny woman on the left, her name is Bitkula Kažotić, she sold everything she had to finance the construction of the church.
You will arrive then at the fortress Kamerlengo from the 15th century. It has its own well and in case of attack or uprising it allowed the nobles to seek shelter as long as necessary.
Continue around the islet, you will arrive at a monument that was erected to the glory of France, the gazebo of General Marmont, one of Napoleon’s general.
Finally you will arrive at Saint Mark’s tower, a large round tower from the 15th century. It was part of the Venetian fortifications.
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