The town of Trogir is located on the Dalmatian coast and dates back to 380 BC. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and is without a doubt one of the region’s most popular destinations. Make sure you soak up the splendid Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, the medieval streets and the very pleasant waterfront promenade.
Top Attractions in Trogir
The Trogir Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. This three-aisled building was built on the site of an ancient church and was completed around 1500. The impressive Romanesque door is one of its most notable features, but other highlights include the 47 meter tall 14th century Bell Tower and the Renaissance Chapel of St. Ivan.
Cipiko Palace is located in the Town Square across from the main entrance of the Trogir Cathedral and was once home to one of the region’s most prominent families. The palace is actually two adjoined palaces and boasts a number of unique features like the carved Venetian Gothic window it’s famed for. The wooden carved stature of a cockerel in the main entrance is also a beautiful sight.
Dating back to the early 15th century, the Kamerlengo Castle is seriously impressive. It offers brilliant views over the sea and is today one of the best locations for outdoor performances held during the summer months in its courtyard. There’s also the Renaissance St. Mark’s Tower that was built after the castle in a circular shape, and makes for a blissful sightseeing spot.
The City Gates: Land Gate
The Land Gate used to be the main entrance to Trogir during the 15th century and along with th city walls was part of a great defense. The Land Gate was rebuilt during the 17th century and the structure’s tall doorway was once used for a drawbridge. Make sure you see the symbol of Venice - the Lion of St. Mark - above the door’s arch and the North Gate with its great cafés, shops, and restaurants.
The Clock Tower
The Clock Tower is one of Trogir’s most famous landmarks and was once part of the church of St. Sebastian. You’ll find it on John Paul II Square next to the Loggia. The tower is famed for its large blue face and domed roof taken from the chapel of St. Sebastian, but it’s also home to a statue called Justice.
The Church of St. Peter
As a former part of the Benedictine Monastery, the Church of St. Peter is famed for its half-sculpture of its patron saint looking down from the doorway with a Bible and Scrolls in his hand. The church is believed to have been built in the 14th century and is home to a vast amount of fine paintings, 17th century sculptures and statues of Saints Peter and Paul carved from wood.
The Civic Museum
Located in the Baroque Garagnin-Fanfogna Palace, the Trogir Civic Museum is definitely worth visiting. It showcases a wide variety of Greek and Roman artifacts, old manuscripts, drawings and paintings and old dress. Its central location near the Land Gate and the Cathedral means this could easily be part of a good day-trip excursion.
The Dominican Monastery
When the Dominican Monastery was built during the 1300’s, construction was on such as scale that parts of the city wall had to be moved just to accommodate the massive building. After the 1667 earthquake, the monastery was rebuilt to its present form. The monastery’s museum boasts an abundance of 15th and 16th century religious paintings, gold and silverware and other relics. Equally as impressive is Dubrovnik’s Franciscan Monastery.