I love people and the summer rush. Like a river they are floating through the narrow streets of Trogir during summer season. City, so small, but full of life. Beautiful!
But, how lucky I am to experience history of this ancient city, almost alone? Winter Sunday walk through town carved out of history and stone. Almost, like a ghost town.
Amazing senses given on a plate only for me. What a delightful feeling!
The museum-town of Trogir is located on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Surrounded by a sparkling sea and 2300 years of history, this little town counts itself among the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic towns in Central Europe. Also known as the Stone Beauty, Trogir is situated a mere 20 km from the city of Split, making it a very popular tourist stop.
Trogir’s medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Trogir has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians.
Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island, and in 1997 was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
“The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period”, says UNESCO report.
Trogir’s grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia.
The most important sites:
– Historical city core, with about 10 churches and numerous buildings from 13th century
– The city gate (17th cent.) and city walls (15th cent.)
– The Fortress Kamerlengo (15th century)
– The Duke’s Palace (13th century)
– The cathedral of St. Lawrence from the 13th century with the Portal of Master Radovan, the unique work of this great Croatian artist
– The big and small palaces Cipiko from the 15th century
– The city loggia from 15th century
|Outstanding Greek bas-relief from the beginning of the3rd century B.C. – The figure of the naked young man personifies KAIROS – according to ancient Greek’s comprehension the God of the “fleeting moment”, a favorable opportunity opposing the fate of man. This favorable moment must be grasped (i. e. the winged, permanent running Kairos by his tuft of hair), otherwise the moment flies away without return and cannot be caught any more …The bronze Kairos statue known in literature and made by the famous Greek sculptor Lysippos from Sikyon, was probably the model for the relief from Trogir.|
|KAIROS relief is kept in the Benedictine nunnery with the church of St. Nicolas. It is discovered in Spring 1928 in a abandoned house of Stanosevic family.|