Trogir is a town on the central Adriatic coast of Croatia. Its preserved old town, known for its mix of Renaissance, baroque and Romanesque buildings, lies on a small island connected to the mainland and the island of Čiovo by bridges. The 13th-century Cathedral of St. Lawrence houses the Renaissance Chapel of St. John and offers sweeping views from its bell tower. Parts of the medieval city walls remain intact.
UNESCO protected medieval centre
Trogir presents a good example of well-preserved Romanesque-Gothic islet town. It has long lasting urbanistic consistency which goes all the way to its Hellenic heritage with its octagonal city shape. During different periods of rule, it was redesigned according to the architectural trends of the time, ranging from Romanesque and Gothic to Renaissance and Baroque. UNESCO recognized its value in 1997 and listed Trogir as a World Heritage Site. Trogir is sometimes called a city-museum because of its rich cultural heritage and intact authentic architecture. In order to celebrate its Medieval heritage, Trogir has in last few years started to organize an annual Medieval fair.
Portal of Radovan is the most valuable monument in Trogir from Romanesque times and is one of the most important monuments of this art period. The portal was finished in 1240 and is 50% work of Radovan and 50% work of students. The portal presents different scenes from actual life, different seasons of the year and scenes from the Bible. Two lions on each side present the symbols of power and strength. Each side of the portal has different Bible motifs but also events from that time, such as images of the Saracens who attacked Trogir in the twelfth century. Its complexity and art value has made it one of the most recognizable sights in Dalmatia.
St. Lawrence Cathedral
One of the most visited sites in Trogir is St. Lawrence Cathedral. It took more than 4 centuries to build, and the change though the periods can be seen best on the cathedral tower from where you can enjoy a view on the central city square. The Cathedral is a work of different artists, and its base was probably an older basilica before the Saracen rampage. The official constructionstated in 1213. and is a Romanesque gothic basilica. Apart from the Radovan portal, which is an exquisite work of art, other valuable works are the chapel and baptistry of St. John, another Trogir patron saint. The legend says St. Lawrence during his martyrdom said to his torturers „I’m well done, turn me over“ and becouse of this he is the patron saint of the chefs and comedians.
Forts of Trogir – Kamerlengo and St. Marko
Kamerlengo fortress got its name from the city treasurer and got its recognisable image during Venetian rule. The walls are located in the south-western part and it was buiolt from 1420 to 1437. Its main purpose was to accommodate the Venetian army fleet. Nowadays it is a unique location for the different events and concerts. One of the coolest festivals lately, Moondance festival, recently featured on Forbes list of top 7 European festivals is also taking place in this historical fortress.
Not a concert destination as Kamerlengo, but a home to Dalmatian music, St. Marko fort was historically important for the defence of Trogir and here one can find Venetian heritage.
The City Hall – the Duke’s Palace
City Hall, or the Duke’s Court, was first mentioned in the thirteenth century and was the centre of political power in Trogir and a palace for different public discussions. Mostly built in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, it has kept the same purpose until today as an administrative centre. During history it was also a place for theatre where royal families had its emblems marking their spot sin the theatre. During the reconstruction in the 1930s, all emblems were taken down and engraved on the city loggia.