Everyhting about Trogir
Impressions from Trogir
In a previous post we were speaking about the Best 10 attractions on Dalmatian Coast. We were on vacation last year in some of them. One of the most beautiful of these is Trogir. Trogir, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is simply one of the most stunning places in the Mediterranean. Sitting on its own island with bridges linking it to the mainland on one side and to the island of Ciovo on the other, the town forms a shimmering knot of orange roofs and traditional stone buildings, amongst which lies one of Croatia’s most remarkable cathedrals. The well-preserved old centre is perhaps the most unified in the whole country, a pedestrianized oasis where the centuries peel back with every step. Even the heavy crowds in summer fail to diminish Trogir’s appeal.
How to get in Trogir?
We arrived in Trogir by car. Highways in Croatia are very good and not very expensive. We took the highway to Zagreb and thereafter to Split. Also, Trogir can be reached by plane using the Split airport. From the Split airport to Trogir, the distance is about 15 km.
Where I was staying in Trogir?
During my vacation in Trogir, I was staying nearby the centre in a villa-hotel called the Kudelik Apartments. The services here were of quality. Our host was a serious-looking person who lives in Canada and who comes in Trogir every summer to rent the villa. He answered all our emails and requests. The villa is located just 5 minutes’ walk from downtown.
Best beaches in Trogir
Trogir doesn’t have a lot of beaches. We chose the best two of them. First of them was a natural one (made of stones) and is just behind the villa. Because it was made of stone, we called it Fred and Barney. The second beach, a sandy one, is located about 10 minutes’ walk from the villa, and is called Okrug Gornji. It is the biggest, best known and most popular beach in Trogir Riviera. Only 3 km from the historic town of Trogir, on the south side of Ciovo Island, stretches the over 2 km long, beautiful pebble beach known as “Okrug Copacabana”. A large selection of pizzerias, restaurants, cafes and bars with different musical rhythms really captures the Brazilian spirit.
An impressive photo galley from Trogir
Best 10 highlights in Trogir
1.Cathedral of St Lawrence
Highlights include the 13th- century west door, lavishly adorned with biblical scenes carved by Trogir-born sculptor Radovan, and the sumptuous Renaissance styling of the baptistry and St John’s Chapel . The Collection of Sacral Works of Art houses interesting 14th- to 17th-century paintings.
2. Kamerlengo Fortress
This fortification has guarded the western approaches to Trogir since the 15th century. Concerts and film showings are held here in summer, while the ramparts offer views of the old town.
3. Civic Museum
Trogir’s civic museum is housed in the Garagnin- Fanfogna Palace and presents details of the town’s eclectic past. It houses everything from the legacy left by the Greeks and Romans to chilling documents from the Napoleonic era, listing the proclamation of death sentences on local officials who dared to defy French authority.
4. Loggia and Clock
Traditionally a place where criminals were tried and shamed, the 14th-century loggia is notable for the conspicuous gap on its eastern wall, left when a Venetian stone lion was blown up by local activists in the 1930s, in a show of defiance against Italian claims on Dalmatian territory.
5. CIPIKO PALACE
This grand Gothic edifice is one of the most impressive of the town’s old palaces. It was once the base of the powerful Cipiko family, who held great influence in 15th-century Trogir.
6. Marmont’s Gazebo
During the Napoleonic era (1806-13) the top French General in the region, Marmont, liked nothing better than to recline here, taking in the views and indulging in the odd game of cards. It is still a striking spot, despite the nearby Ciovo shipyards.
7. Church of St John the Baptist
This small Romanesque church, all that remains of a great Benedictine monastery, is the: final resting-place of the cipiko family. Here you can see their tomb, decorated with a 15th-century relief depicting The Mourning of Christ.
8. Convent of St Nicholas
This modest convent is worth visiting for its art collection. The highlight, only uncovered in the 1920s, is the 3rd-century Greek relief of Kairos. Note too the chests used by new arrivals for bringing gifts into the convent.
The waterfront Riva is where locale and tourists come to wander or enjoy a meal or drink on balmy Summer evenings. In season, boats line up here end visitors can hook trips for the next day.
10. Land Gate
The most impressive surviving gate, this forms part of the fortifications built by the Venetians. A statue of St John, Trogir’s petron saint, watches warily over new errivels from the mainland.