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TOP CROATIAN DESTINATIONS: TROGIR CITY (PART 1)

Time for me to cover another Croatian top destination: Trogir. Yes, today I'm taking you to Trogir city. Trogir has one of the best preserved Romanesque- Gothic complexes in Europe. The city can boost with numerous historical landmarks. It has a high concentration of historical churches, towers, structures and a fortress. Literally, every where you look, you'll be beholding history. 

This charming historical city is located on a small island between Croatian coastline and island Čiovo. It is located only 27 kilometers from Split city. Moreover, it's only a five minute drive from the airport Split. In fact, airport Split is closer to Trogir then it is to Split city. If you're visiting this area or landing to Split airport, don't miss  the chance to visit this little city. You won't regret it, I promise. If you want to see how this place looks like in summer time, feel free to visit this Trogir travel post of mine.


What can I say about Trogir that I haven't said already? It is definitely one of the most beautiful coastal city I have ever visited. Filled with so much history and stunning architecture to prove it,  Trogir feels quite magical. Every time I'm there I feel like I've stepped into a Renaissance fairy tale.  I'm always amazed by its beautiful stone labyrinths, tiny streets and picaresque squares. Trogir is one of those absolutely gorgeous Mediterranean coastal towns. I have a feeling I could stroll around Trogir forever and never get bored. It is a dream destination for a history lover. If you're interested in  historical architecture, this is the place to go. 


The history of Trogic city is quite interesting. It was formed in the 3rd century BC by Greek wanderers and during its long history Trogir has incorporated Roman, Venetian and Dalmatian architecture influences into its urban structure. We are talking about 2300 years of urban tradition, and this incredible historical background can really be felt when you're strolling the streets of Trogir. Upon arriving to Trogir, you will feel like you have stepped back in time. The old part of the town is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Site. UNESCO praised this city in its report by pointing out some of its key attractions: the ancient Hellenistic structure, the beautiful Romanesque churches and outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period. 

 

THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT LAWRENCE (TROGIR CATHEDRAL)

One of most popular sights in Trogir is the city cathedral. The cathedral of saint Lawrence is a Roman catholic basilica built in the Romanesque- Gothic style. The construction of cathedral lasted  several centuries making its final look a mixture of styles. Moreover, because of its long construction, this cathedral is a monument to different historical architectural styles. The construction of Saint Lawrence cathedral began in 13th  century and ended in 17th century. The cathedral was build on a foundation of an Early christian cathedral (also decided to saint Lawrence) that was destroyed by the Saracens in the 12th century. This is the case with some other Dalmatian cathedrals I blogged about. Most of the work on the cathedral was done in the 13 century and completed by 1251 hence the cathedral is mostly build in Romanesque style. The vault inside the church was build in 15th century and was build in Mannerist (late Romance) style. 


THE ROMANESQUE PORTAL

One of the most striking things about Saint Lawrence cathedral is its Romanesque portal located at the main entrance. Carved from stone, this magnificent portal is the work of local (Croatian) architect and sculptor known as master Radovan. Some of his students worked on it as well. Completed and signed in 1240, this work of art has stood the test of time and still continues to impress visitors. The upper part of the portal shows scenes from the gospel and the life of Christ. On the lunette there is a scene of Navity and above it angels looking at the scene. There are many human forms portrayed on the portal ( saints and apostles) as well as some exotic animals. Besides the portal (one on each side of the main entrance) there are two stone lions. Eve and Adam stand on the back of the lions, guarding the portal. This Romanesque portal is a truly unique  historical work of art. 

INSIDE OF THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT LAWRENCE

Once you get pass the Romanesque portal and step inside the cathedral, you'll find many things to see. I was mostly impressed by the stone statues. For centuries, Dalmatian people were known as stone artisans. Most Dalmatian cathedral have amazing stone statues and details. For admirers of art, there are also fine historical paintings and beautiful altars. 

 


MAIN SIGHTS TO SEE IN TROGIR CITY

The list of major historical sights  and landmarks to see in Trogir includes:
- The UNESCO protected historical centre (its key attractions being the ten historical churches and numerous buildings dating back to 13th century)
- The Cathedral with the portral of Master Radovan
- The City Gate (15th century)
- The City Walls (17th century)
- The Palaces Cipiko (15th century)
- The fortress Kamerlengo ( 15th century)
- The City loggia (15th century)







COLOURFUL STREETS OF TROGIR CITY

Once you're in Trogir, don't forget to explore it. This city has many wonderful hidden corners. I recommend that you explore it on foot. This kind of historical beauty deserves to be enjoyed slowly. Stroll around until you get tired and then you can relax with a cup of coffee and tea or an ice-cream. We had both when we were there. I loved wandering through this historical city and this little colourful alley was one of my favourite finds. I did a lot of walking that day, even some hiking, but more about that some other time.
 

Thank you for reading. I have another Trogir post prepared for you. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great start of the week.

TO BE CONTINUED.....


Comments

  1. Trogir looks like a place I would love! The narrow walking streets between such amazing old structures is so fairy tale like. Stunning details on the cathedral. So amazing that the doorway has been intact since 1240! Strolling the ally ways too see how the locals live is so fun! The windows are full of charm.

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    1. yes, it is quite a feeling beholding something so old.

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  2. Trogic City sounds like a very interesting place! Love your outfit!

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  3. This looks amazing babe.
    Love it.

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  4. Girl!!! You know all the most exotic and beautiful places.

    Happy new week! Xo

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  5. Trogir seems so beautiful! I'd love to visit one day. The photos of the cathedral were amazing.

    xo, Maria
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  6. Oh this is bringing back so many memories (I didn't visit Trogir though). Firstly that water. Even in the winter, that water is still lovely and blue. Oh how I miss Croatian waters. I hope to return soon. Split was high on that list to be based in (also want to visit Zadar) so I am definitely going to add Trogir to the places to visit. I am in love with the romance of this city. So many lovely renaissance vibes. Croatia is such a gorgeous country.

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    1. Thank you Coco. Split would be my first choice too, but Trogir is a great option too and it's only a few miles from the airport.

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  7. It's rather similar to Corfu Town - with the Greco-Venetian architecture. I love the pots of flowers on the stone steps, so typically Mediterranean! Loving the pop of colour with your red scarf. x

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  8. That is one amazing place! How I wish I love near beautiful places. Thank you for sharing this <3

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  9. This place is so pretty!!


    xoxo
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  10. What an absolutely amazing city, which I didn't know at all, so thank you for the education and for taking me along. Stunning historical architecture, quaint and colourful streets, the seaside, and a marine full of bobbing boats. Trogir really seems to have it all! xxx

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  11. Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing this!

    Have a great week.

    Gemma x

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  12. Such a gorgeous part of the world! Thanks for the pics!

    -Ashley
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  13. Dear Ivana, I understand why you would never get bored when strolling throug Trogir as I see on your pictures that this city is absolutely amazing! So much history and also the cathedral is absolutely impressing. And for sure I love the colourful streets, too. Thanks a lot for taking us with you again and your look is cool and simply perfect for your stroll.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
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    1. Thank you Rena. I know you love colourful streets too. My husband said to tell you that we would be glad to see the two of you in Croatia again!

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  14. Beautiful city!!
    xoxo
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  15. That cathedral is amazing, Ivana. I love how much detail used to be put into those structures!!!
    You give us the best tours around your areas, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.
    XOOX
    Jodie

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    1. thank you Jodie. I'm happy you enjoyed it. I know a lot of people visit Croatia and I like to show it around, it is my native country and the place I'm most knowledgeable about.

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  16. Awesome place! I'm in love with your photos taken in Croatia.

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  17. Oh my god, instant wanderlust! These photos are stunning. I'm half way ready to go jump on a plane and go explore!

    xo Logan
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  18. What a lovely photos! Beautiful place

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  19. Trogir certainly has a lot going for it with it's ideal coastal location and scenic architecture. I really hope I get to visit Croatia one day to see all the beautiful spots you've highlighted here.

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  20. Wow this city looks amazing, I love all the colours and the coastal location. Croatia has definitely a lot to offer! xx

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  21. Trogir looks so dreamy, such fairy tale looking buildings! I adore your post. It made me think about visiting Croatia for sure!

    xx,
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  22. Thanks a lot :D

    amazing selection of spots, my dear. all sounds amazing!!!

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  23. What a beautifully written piece here! I have only been to Dubrovnik, but if I ever visit Trogir - I will know exactly where to go xx

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    1. thanks Naya. Dubrovnik is a great place to visit, I'd love to be there right now.

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  24. Pazzesca la cattedrale, davvero un bel borgo da visitare!
    Mi piace molto la tua giacca!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  25. Excellent post (as always)!Thank you very much :)

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  26. Dearest Ivana,
    I've never been to Trogir - to be honest, I have not even heard of Trogir ... But your pictures and descriptions show me that it's a very worth seeing place. I like these old stone city centers very well. The cathedral and especially the portal are breathtaking. Thank you for showing me! And I also like your outfit very much - you were very chic on sightseeing. The red scarf to plaid blazer looks so cheerfully.
    Hugs and have a happy day,
    Traude
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    1. thanks Traude, it's a beautiful city. I'm glad you enjoyed seeing it featured here.

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  27. This looks so beautiful! Love the photos! :)

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  28. Ma che bellissima cittadina!
    Ha davvero tantissime cose interessanti da vedere, e sembra così graziosa!
    E pensa che non l'avevo mai sentita.... La Croazia è veramente poco pubblicizzata, e più che altro per il mare, che peccato!
    Bellissime foto e post super interessante! :)
    Baci!
    S
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  29. What a gorgeous city! SO beautiful!!! Thanks for such a detailed travel post!

    XO

    Daria

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  30. Trogir je divan! Često ljeti idem tamo. Volim kamen i povijest, i mjesta gdje ljudi žive i ostavljaju trag stoljećima.

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  31. Such a beautiful place, I love the architecture. love your outfit too. Kisses!

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  32. É um lugar muito lindo! Já quero conhecer!

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  33. I love Croatia! Great pics dear!
    xoxo, Vanessa
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  34. I'm going to have to add this to my bucket list! Looks like a lovely place with beautiful architecture too. Love all your photos!

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  35. Hello,

    So lovely !

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  37. Breathtakingly beautiful! Charming old streets, buildings, boats... I really would love to visit both of your countries some day! I will definitely come back and read about Trogir more.

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