10 Sights of Trogir, Croatia

10 most popular tourist attractions in Trogir

Long considered one of the best vacation spots on the Dalmatian coast, Trogir is a treasure trove of delights. The city was started in 380 B.C. and was constantly inhabited by followers of the Greeks, Romans, Hungarians and Venetians. Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region, this delightful city is well configured to accommodate guests with its many and varied hotels and restaurants. Restoration projects undertaken in recent years have helped revive many of the city’s beautiful historical landmarks, particularly the magnificent Romanesque and Renaissance architecture of Trogir, much of which is contained within the 15th century walls. Just a few steps from this delightful tangle of medieval streets is a pleasant promenade.

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1 Trogir Cathedral

Trogir Cathedral (Katedrala Sv. Lovre) – also known as St. Lawrence Cathedral – is widely considered one of the best architectural achievements in Croatia. Construction of this magnificent three-tiered structure, built on the site of an ancient church destroyed by the Saracens, began in 1193 and continued for many years until it was finally completed around 1500. One of the most notable features is the amazing Romanesque door carved in 1240 by Master Radovan, surrounded by two stone lions. Other notable sights include the 14th-century bell tower, 47 meters high, which visitors can climb (usually before noon, for a small fee). Also not to be overlooked is the chapel of St. Ivan of the Renaissance, which displays many beautiful 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

2 Cipiko Palace

Cipiko palace, on the city square opposite the main entrance of Trogir Cathedral, was home to the Cipiko family, one of the most famous families of the region in the 15th century. The creation of the famous architects Firentinac and Alesi, this magnificent old palace – indeed two palaces joined together as the family wealth increased – boasts many unique and remarkable features, including a carved Venetian Gothic window designed by Alesi himself. Also at the main entrance is a carved wooden statue of a rooster taken from the prow of a Turkish ship after a decisive battle in the mid-1400s in which Turkey was defeated (one member of the Cipico family, a captain from Trogir, was involved in the battle).

3 Camerlengo Castle and St. Mark’s Tower

Camerlengo Castle and St. Mark’s Tower

The impressive Camerlengo Castle dates back to the beginning of the fifteenth century. It was built by the Venetians and for a time served as the governor’s palace. With its magnificent view of the sea and the high walls connecting the three towers, this magnificent old castle has found new life as a venue for outdoor performances held in the courtyard during the summer months. The Renaissance Tower of St. Mark (Kula svetog Marka), built after the castle in a circular form, was once used to support artillery on the broad roof and was built to protect the canal between the island and the mainland. Along with the wide squares and promenade, it’s a delightful place to explore when you reflect on its former role defending the old city.

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Address: 21220, Trogir

4 City Gate: land gates

City Gates: land gates

The Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata) was the main entrance to Trogir in the 15th century and was an important part of the Venetian defense along with the city walls, which were built at the same time. Reconstructed in the 17th century in the late Renaissance style, the structure’s high doorway once housed a drawbridge. Notable features include the Lion of St. Mark (symbol of Venice) above the door arch and a statue of St. John of Trogir (St. Ivan of Trogir), also called Giovanni Orsini in Italian, the patron saint of the city. Another historical structure worth visiting is the North Gate , Although much smaller, it served as an important access point and today it is surrounded by many fine cafes, stores and restaurants.

5 Clock Tower and City Loggia

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 Trg Ivana Pavla II Square next to the Loggia. Known for its large blue face and domed roof, taken from the mid-15th century chapel of St. Sebastian, the tower also boasts a statue known as Justizia which was carved by Nicolas Firentinac in 1471. The Loggia, formerly at the level of the square but now reached by a few steps, was once connected to the Church of Saint Mary and is remarkable for its beautiful reliefs and columns.

6 St. Peter’s Church

St. Peter’s Church.

Once part of a Benedictine monastery, the beautiful Church of St. Peter was known for a half-sculpture of its patron, looking down from the threshold with a Bible and scrolls in his hand. Believed to have been built in the 14th century, the interior of the church belies its rather plain appearance 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 Jacob Jusen, who is also considered responsible for the building’s thin paneled ceiling, as well as statues of Saints Peter and Paul carved out of wood.

7 St. Dominic’s Monastery

St. Dominic’s Monastery.

Founded in 1265, St. Dominic’s Monastery was very popular over the years, its church and nave were built later in the 14th century. Highlights of the exquisite interior of this beautiful monastery include a number of important old tombs, including those of Ivan and Simun Sobota, famous in the city as humanists in the 15th century. Also of interest are the triumphal arch and altarpiece made of wood by Palma the Younger, dating from about 1600, along with numerous important works of art and religious relics.

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8 Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Benedictine Monastery

Another monastic church of interest to the Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas. Built in 1066 with a bell tower added in the 16th century, the most impressive feature of the building is its magnificent interior, completely rebuilt in the Baroque style in the 1700s. In addition to fine inscriptions carved to honor the city’s leading figures, the building boasts a number of valuable works, including Kairos , an exquisite relief depicting figures and scenes from Greek mythology. Of the church’s many paintings, the most notable are fragments by Antonio Zanci, Paolo Veneziano and Nicola Grassi, as well as a 13th-century Madonna and Child.

9 Civic Museum

The Trogir Civic Museum (Muzej Grada Trogira), located in the baroque palace of Garanjin-Fanfogna, is opposite the Land Gate in the northwest corner of Trogir. The main attractions of this worthwhile museum are exhibits of various Greek and Roman artifacts, ancient manuscripts and documents, drawings and paintings, as well as antique uniforms and antique clothing. Also of interest is the fine collection of 18th-century furniture on the first floor. While a quick visit is enough to explore the highlights of the museum, its location near the Land Gate and the Cathedral makes it a convenient stop during a walking tour of this area of Trogir.

Address: Address: Ulica Gradska vrata 4, 21220, Trogir

10 Marina town

Just 20 km west of Trogir lies the pleasant coastal town of Marina, a picturesque community dominated by a massive tower that has been converted into the Hotel Castile. This small seaside resort on the Dalmatian coast boasts a beautiful sandy and pebbly beach, and remarkable architecture in two churches, the Gothic St. Luke and the Gothic and Renaissance St. John, built in the 15th century and maintained by the same family. Marina makes a pleasant day trip, especially if aptly named Marina Bay is included, a very favorable place for yachting from around the world.

Where to stay in Trogir for sightseeing

We recommend these great hotels near Trogir’s beautiful coastline and charming old town:

    Brown Beach House Hotel & Spa: waterfront luxury, stylish decor, designer suites, pool overlooking the sea, soothing spa, chic lounge and library.

Top 10 tourist attractions in Trogir

The city of Trogir has long been considered the best holiday destination in Dalmatia, Croatia, being a real treasure trove of various delights. The settlement at this place has existed since 380 BC. Throughout history, the Greeks, Romans, Hungarians and Venetians lived here successively. In 1997 the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is already the most popular tourist spot in the region with its numerous hotels and restaurants. In recent years, several projects for the reconstruction of the streets and architectural landmarks have been implemented in the city. By the way, the architecture of the old districts (Romanesque or Renaissance) is worth special attention. Many such neighborhoods are located inside the ring of the XV century defensive wall. Take just a few steps away from the medieval streets and you’ll find yourself on a wonderful seafront.

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1. The city cathedral

The City Cathedral (or St. Lawrence Cathedral) is widely known as one of the finest examples of architecture in Croatia. The construction of this majestic temple began in 1193 on the site of a church destroyed by the Saracens. It lasted quite a long time, and was not completed until 1500. One of the most remarkable features of the cathedral is the magnificent Romanesque gate, carved in 1240 by master Radovan. There are two stone lions at the gate. Another interesting feature of the building is a fourteenth-century bell tower, which is 47 meters high. You can climb the tower (before noon and for a small fee). Be sure to check out St. John’s Chapel, which has many paintings depicting St. Jerome and St. John the Baptist. There are also preserved sculptural works by Fiorentinac and Duknovic, created between 1461 and 1497.

2. Cipico Palace

The palace is located on the Town Square, just opposite the main entrance to the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. It is the former residence of the Cipico family, one of the most influential families in the region in the 15th century. The palace was built by two renowned architects, Fiorentinatz and Alesi. The building is essentially two palaces joined together as the family grew in wealth. The building has several unique features, including a carved Venetian window designed by Alesi himself. There is a carved wooden rooster at the main entrance to the palace. It was removed from the bow of a Turkish ship after one of the naval battles around the 1400s in which the Turks were defeated. One member of the Cipico family was the captain of a warship and participated in that battle.

3. Camerlengo Fortress and St. Mark’s Tower

The imposing fortress of Camerlengo was built in the first half of the fifteenth century. It was built by the Venetians as a governor’s palace. The fortress has an excellent view of the sea, which allows a good view of the territory. High protective walls are connected with three towers, giving the whole complex a majestic and threatening appearance. The castle has recently been given a second life as a venue for various events. During the summer months, the courtyard serves as a full-fledged concert venue. St. Mark’s Tower, an example of Renaissance architecture, is built in the form of a cylinder near the castle. On its roof was placed artillery, which protected the canal between the island and the mainland. Thanks to the extensive grounds of the complex and its promenade, it is a great place for all lovers of medieval buildings. Especially when you consider the important role that the fortress played in the defense of the old city.

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4. The City Gate: the Mainland Gate

During the 15th century, the Mainland Gate was the main land entrance to the city of Trogir. They were an important part of the Venetian defence system, which also included the city walls built in the same period. In the 17th century the gate was rebuilt in Late Renaissance style. Then a drawbridge was added to them (now missing). Above the arch of the gate is the Lion of St. Mark (the symbol of Venice). The statue of the local patron saint John of Trogir, who is known to Italians as Giovanni Orsini, is also worthy of attention. Another interesting historical site is the Northern Gate. It is much smaller than the Mother Gate, but was no less important as an access point to the city. Today, the space in front of the Northern Gate is filled with a variety of cafes, restaurants and stores.

5. Clock Tower and City Loggia

The Clock Tower (once part of the Church of St. Sebastian) is one of the most notable objects in Trogir’s cityscape. It is located on John Paul II Square, not far from the City Loggia. The tower is popular because of the slightly bluish finishing material of the dial and the presence of a dome that was removed from the chapel of St. Sebastian in the mid-15th century. There is also a sculptural work by Nicola Fiorentinac from 1471, known as “Justice.” The City Loggia was once on the same level as the square, but over time it turned out to be situated on a slight elevation, so you have to climb a few steps. The Loggia building has beautiful reliefs and columns.

6. St. Peter’s Church

The beautiful Church of St. Peter was once part of a Benedictine monastery. Today, it is known mostly for the surviving half sculpture of its patron saint, who looks down at the doorway with a bible and scrolls in his hand. The church is believed to have been built in the 14th century. The interior of the building is considerably richer than its relatively modest exterior. There are interesting paintings inside, including works by artists such as Molinari and Lazzarini. Other highlights of the church include seventeenth-century sculptures, beautifully decorated ceilings and wood-carved figures of Saints Peter and Paul.

7. The Monastery of St. Dominic

The monastery was founded in 1265 and since then it has expanded considerably. In the 14th century, for example, a church was added to the monastery complex. The highlight of the magnificent interiors of the monastery is the presence of several old tombs. In particular, there are the tombs of Ivan Sobot and Simun Sobot, who were well known in the city in the fifteenth century for their humanistic views. Note the triumphal arch and wooden altar by Palma the Younger, dating from around 1600. You can also find a host of other works of art and religious artifacts on the grounds.

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8. Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas

The monastery church was erected in 1066. Subsequently, in the XVI century a bell tower was added to it. The most interesting thing here, though, is the interiors, which were completely remodeled in the 1700s with a Baroque bent. In addition to the beautiful inscriptions carved to honor famous faces of the city, the church boasts a number of valuable works of art. Of particular note is the stunning Kairos relief, which depicts scenes and figures of Greek mythology. Among the numerous paintings, the church has works by Antonio Zanca, Paolo Veneziano and Nicolo Grassi, as well as a 13th-century painting of the Madonna and Child.

9. City Museum

The Trogir City Museum is located in a real palace opposite the Mother Gate in the northwest part of the city. Among the exhibits of this worthy museum are: 1. A variety of Greek and Roman artifacts; 2. Ancient manuscripts and documents; 3. Paintings; 4. Old military uniforms and samples of ancient clothing. On the first floor of the museum there is a magnificent collection of furniture from the 18th century, which is also worth seeing. Since a short visit will be quite enough to get acquainted with the main attractions of the museum, its good location near the Mother Gate and the Cathedral makes this facility an excellent addition to the walking tour of this part of town.

10. City of Marina

Only 20 km west of Trogir is the lovely coastal town of Marina, a picturesque settlement dominated by a massive medieval tower (converted into a hotel “Hotel Kastil”). This small resort town will delight you with excellent sand and pebble beaches, as well as interesting architecture of its two churches. Both were built in the 15th century, but are still maintained by the same family. The town of Marina is the best option for an easy day trip. In the process, we recommend a visit to the local bay, which is appreciated by yachting enthusiasts from all over the world.

Where to stay in Trogir for better access to attractions

We recommend the following accommodation options located near the coast or charming areas of the old town: 1. “Brown Beach House and Spa” is a luxury hotel located right on the coast. Here you’ll find stylish decor, designer rooms, a pool overlooking the sea, spa treatments and a library. 2. “Aparthotel Bellevue” is a mid-priced hotel a few steps from the old town. The rooms here are impeccably clean and the service staff is excellent. 3. “Hotel Pasike” – Affordable prices and excellent location in the old town. In addition, this hotel is famous for its interesting furnishings, antique furniture and free breakfasts. 4. “Hotel Vila Sikaa” is a budget option with views of the old town. This family-run hotel is housed in a three-hundred-year-old building, but has quite modern rooms with large picture windows.

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