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"Trogir - Island city" Top 5 Page for this destination Trogir Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Trogir, Croatia: 15 reviews and 25 photos

  Trogir's clock tower
by TheWanderingCamel

The little city of Trogir, just 25km west of Split, sits on its own small islet, just a short bridge-span from the mainland. It is very popular as a day trip from all the surrounding region and I'm sure there are times when it gets rather crowded. Don't let that put you off - it's a lovely place, a miniature mediaeval city of twisting alleys and narrow streets lined with old stone houses that all lead eventually to the central square, Trg Ivana Pavla, where a 15th century loggia and clock tower face the Katedrala Sveti Lovrijenac (the Cathedral of St Lawrence).

The loggia once served as the city's courthouse, the judge's stone table is still in situ beneath a contemporary (1471) relief portraying Justice.

The cathedral is justly famed for its mediaeval architecture - its graceful belltower (the view must be fabulous but it was much too hot to tackle the stairs - that will have to wait for another, cooler day), lovely interior and, most particularly, its truly splendid carved portal where lions support Adam and Eve, and scenes from the Bible combine with scenes of everday life along with saints and all the apostles in a wonderful mix of imagery created by the Master Radovan.

Just as inviting as the cathedral's cool vestibule are the umbrella-shaded cafes that line one side of the square, just the place for a short stop to rest the feet and a cooling beer. If you're looking for a lunch-stop, there are several attractive restaurants along the Riva, the seafront promenade to the south of the island.

Keen sightseers will want to check out the city's other churches and towers, the small museum and little fortress, the walls and the Land Gate but the real pleasure of Trogir for me lies in simply wandering through the streets - the small details of a pretty window here; a charming balcony there; worn carved-stone lintels; washing hanging out to dry; glimpses into courtyards and stairways leading where?; sitting in the square listening to musicians singing traditional songs

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  • Updated Jul 31, 2006
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