No holiday in central Dalmatia is complete if one does not visit Trogir, beautiful historical town located at the west part of Kaštela and Split basin.
The charm of Trogir, small town near Split in central Dalmatia, is hard not to notice once you visit this beautiful place. Old stone buildings, narrow streets, churches and houses all placed on a small peninsula that makes the old centre tell a story of 2300 year long history. Founded by the Greeks from the island of Vis (where they had previously established Issa), Trogir has had a continuous urban life that makes it one of the oldest towns in Croatia, together with the only two older towns: Stari Grad on the island of Hvar and Vis on the island that bears the same name.
The intricate architecture works that have spanned for more than two millenia resulted in one of the most beautiful old town centres in Croatia. Once you enter it by passing a small bridge next to the bus stop, Trogir will leave you breathless. Although small in area, it is full of beautiful sites, buildings and bustling with life. This extraordinary historical and artistic value earned Trogir a place on UNESCO World Heritage List in 1997.
If you find yourself strolling in Trogir, be sure not to miss the most famous monument, the Cathedral of St. Lawrence. It's primary style is Romanesque and Gothic but as the bell tower was not finished until the 17th century, it includes several styles that succeeded one another in Dalmatia. Its main portal is Romanesque and features sculptures by master Radovan, a local sculptor. The Cathedral is located on the main square where one can see the 15th century city loggia, then city council and the church of St. John The Baptist. In the near vicinity there are St. Sebastian church from the 15th century, St. Barbara (St. Martin) church from the 9th century. St. Peter church and St. Dominic church from the 13th century.
Since Trogir has had an interrupted development as an urban place, today there are plenty of monuments of non sacral architecture such as the big and small Ćipiko palaces from the 15th century with wonderful Gothic windows, then Garagnin-Fanfogna palace that comprises both Romanesque and Gothic buildings. The oldest residential building dates back to the 9th century and features lovely mullioned window. Such diversity of buildings from different periods and centuries makes Trogir one big stone time machine where in 30 minutes of walk you can see almost the entire architectural history of Mediterranean. Furthermore, Trogir old town core is encompassed by city walls with gates and several fortresses such as Kamerlengo from the 15th century that can be seen when walking on the town promenade by the sea.
However, Trogir is not a monument devoid of life – people still live in the centre, children go to school and locals and tourists share its streets and squares in the summer. And tourist can enjoy staying in the old centre as well as there are many villas and apartments situated in old private buildings and furnished so that you can have a comfortable stay whether you choose an old stone villa or a luxury one with a pool in the newer parts of Trogir.
One thing is sure, once you visit Trogir you will be enchanted. Its lovely atmosphere and beautiful scenery are bound to make you visit it again, whether you stay in Trogir, Split or some other Dalmatian town.