TROGIR – HERITAGE CLOAKED IN MARBLE LACE
It's no wonder that among all the Greek gods it was the god of opportunity Kairos that decided to settle among the stone walls of the amazing city of Trogir, as one of the oldest history fragments of Ancient times. The symbolism of the naked young man with wings on his heels who represents human transience - in modern times can be interpreted as enjoying privileged moments of travelling to destinations immersed in eternity. By visiting Trogir You become privileged. To verify this story You should visit Benedictine monastery in St. Nicholas church where the Greek relief of Kairos made in the 3.ct. BC is preserved. This monastery was established in the 11.ct. and it has a rich art collection, part of which is also the town's oldest painting of Madonna with child.
Situated inside the sea channel between the land and the island of Čiovo, the middle and historical part of Trogir with its bridges serves as sort of a bypass of the area, where historical scenery is swarming with life and events. Trogir seafront is the best example of this - whether You enjoy strolling among the ancient counters of the Trogir fish market, or sitting on the bench and watching jet set yachts or maybe sipping drinks and eating delicious food in one of the many restaurants or attending a concert in Kamerlengo tower. This monumental tower situated in the South-West part of Trogir was built in the 15.ct., and it is named after the Duke's financial consultant who managed the building of the tower.
Trogir is not a big city and You could probably see the entire city within one hour, but its cultural and historical opus combined with modern art collections is such that You can spend days discovering its worth. This marble city is one of the best preserved cities of the Romanesque - Gothic period in Central Europe and has been part of the UNESCO's World Heritage List since 1997.
The heart of this fairytale city, that will surely capture Yours, is its main square named after the beloved Pope John Paul II.
The grand St. Lawrence's Cathedral built from the 13. to the 17.ct. dominates the Northern part of the Square and its interior and exterior is filled with "signatures" of different styles and epochs. The Cathedral's entrance was made by the famous local artificer Radovan (in 1240.) who abandoned the iconographic tradition and instead of saints and apostles used real people in motion and everyday life to decorate this portal and that made it one of the most significant medieval portals in this part of Europe.
The town Loggia (Courthouse) from the 14. ct. is part of the South side of the Square and in it You can see two significant reliefs: "Justice" ("Pravda") by Niccolo Fiorentino (Nikola Firentinac) and "Ban Berislavić" by our famous sculptor Ivan Meštrović. The clock tower, former St. Sebastian's church is next to the town Loggia.
The Square vista is completed with the chain of buildings belonging to the famous Ćipiko family. They were built from the 13. to the 15. ct., by famous local artists and are recognised by its beautiful triforia and different building styles from Renaissance and Romanesque period to Gothic and late Renaissance.
After taking Your time to look around, take pictures and meditate on the main Square, You should take a few steps to the South and You will end up on the little square (Pjaceta) where You will discover another feature of Trogir - the oldest pharmacy in Europe, opened in 1271. to this day.
And last but not least: do not leave Trogir without visiting the so called Tree of Love, it is said that whoever kisses underneath its crown will stay in love forever.