On February 9, 2019. I decided to visit Trogir, a small coastal town 20 kilometres away from Split. Prior that time I had only a small portion of knowledge about it. All I knew was the fact that Trogir was a small coastal town with interesting Cathedral to visit.
Continue reading to find out my impressions and useful visitor's information.
How to arrive in Trogir
My starting destination was Split. I used a car as a means of transport. The journey from Split to Trogir was pleasing. There was no traffic jam, and the road was really good. Most of the time my driving speed was 60 - 80 km/hour. The journey took around half an hour.
After passing Kastela and Split Airport, there was a sign which showed Trogir. It was really easy to access and approach the town. I left my car 1 kilometre away from the old town.
The parking was free because I was visiting during the winter season. If you plan to go there during the summer season, there will be more cars on the road for sure, but that shouldn't make any significant problem. You will also need to pay for parking. The price is 6 kuna (around 0.80 euros) per hour.
If you come to Croatia without a car, there are many bus lines from all major Croatian cities to Trogir. You can buy a ticket online, or at the bus station, whichever you prefer.
One of the first buildings you will notice in Trogir is The Cathedral of St. Lawrence. It is UNESCO protected gothic masterpiece of art.
There are multiple interesting things about the cathedral. The first one you will notice is a gothic bell tower, which I could see immediately after leaving the car.
There are a few points of visitor's interest regarding the cathedral. The first one is the cathedral itself, the second one is climbing the bell tower and the third one is the cathedral treasury.
I decided to check the cathedral first.
The most important cultural attraction of the cathedral is Portal (main entrance), made by Radovan in the 13th century. It is considered to be a masterpiece of gothic art. Even if you are not an expert in art, you will enjoy the view of the Portal. It is worth to look at it for at least ten minutes.
Radovan's work of art is stepping forward from the former Romanesque art into Gothic. There are many things showing Radovan was not only a great sculptor but a man ahead of his time.
We will explore a few details from the portal.
Detail from Radovan's portal1
The image above is a sculpture on the left side of the Portal. It is a typical romanesque-gothic work of art, with a stiffened character.
Detail from Radovan's portal2
This image displays animal, which was also common a motif in art of that age. There is no known reason why were these kinds of sculptures made at the entrances of the churches.
Upper part of the Portal
On the upper part of the Portal, sculptures describe moments from Christ's birth.
Every day's scenes on the Portal
Many of the details of the sculpture show motifs from everyday's life, which shows us that Radovan was ahead of his time. Most of the artist of that age were reluctant to make art of that kind. Sacral art was the only one until later age and reinsurance.
The Cathedral interiror
Most of the paintings located inside the Cathedral originate from later periods, Renaissance and Baroque. The image below is located at the right side of the Cathedral and shows Coronation of the Blessed Virgin, a beautiful painting from Renaissance.
The second image displays the Altar of the Blessed Augustin Kazotic, Croatian priest, and the third one main altar of the Cathedral.
Coronation of the Virgin
The Altar of the Blessed Augustin Kazotic
The main altar of the Trogir Cathedral
The Cathedral Bell tower
Price for climbing bell tower is 2 euros. It took five minutes for me to climb at the top. There is a nice view of Trogir and Čiovo from there, as you can see on the images below
Trogir Ciovo bridge
Riva in Trogir
Riva in Trogir
After visiting impressive Trogir Cathedral, it was time to take a walk on Riva.
The atmosphere was relaxed, with locals sitting in coffee bars and enjoying late winter sun. I felt the same atmosphere that can be felt in Split, Sibenik and other ancient coastal towns in Croatia.
The second most famous cultural attraction of Trogir is Fortress Kamerlengo. It was built by Venice in the 15th century for the purpose of defense against the Osman Empire. Venice, which at that time had rule over most of Dalmatian coast, built similar fortresses in other towns. Especially famous are Sibenik fortresses.
. The fortress is trapeze-shaped with four towers at its angles.
Unfortunately, I couldn't enter the fortress because it was closed. Visitors can enter inside only during summer season.
There are a few other interesting buildings and sculptures in Trogir as well. Baroque lunette of on the church of St. Peter was built by Nikola Firentinac, famous architect and sculptor who also participated in the construction of Sibenik Cathedral.
St Peter lunette
Elementary school in Trogir
Just near the city of Trogir, there is an island called Čiovo, which is also a tourist destination. Čiovo has many beautiful apartments, beaches and restaurants.
There are two bridges connecting Čiovo with the land. One of them is closed occasionally due to the passage of ships.