- Trogir Cathedral
Trogir Cathedral (Katedrala Sv. Lovre) – also known as the Cathedral of St. Lawrence – is considered one of the finest architectural executions in Croatia. The construction of this splendid three-aisled structure, built on the site of an ancient church destroyed by the Saracens, began in 1193 and continued for many years until finally completed around 1500. One of the most notable features is its amazing Romanesque door, carved in 1240 by Master Radovan, guarded by two stone lions. Other notable highlights include a 47-meter-tall 14th-century bell tower that visitors can climb (usually before noon, for a small fee). Also you shouldn’t miss the Renaissance Chapel of St. Ivan, where you can admire many fine paintings of St. Jerome and St. John the Baptist, as well as decorations created between 1461 and 1497 by Firentinac and Duknovic.
- Cipiko Palace
Cipiko Palace, in the Town Square across from the main entrance of Trogir Cathedral, was the home of the Cipiko family, one of the region’s most prominent families during the 15th century. The creation of famed architects Firentinac and Alesi, this beautiful old palace – really two palaces joined together as the family’s wealth increased – praises a number of unique and remarkable features, including a carved Venetian Gothic window designed by Alesi himself. Also very important, at the main entrance it is a carved wooden statue of a cockerel, taken from the prow of a Turkish ship, after a decisive battle in the mid-1400s, in which Turkey was defeated (one of the Cipiko family members, a captain from Trogir, was involved in the battle).
- Kamerlengo Castle and St. Mark’s Tower
The impressive Kamerlengo Castle dates back to the early part of the 15th century. It was made by the Venetians and served for a time as the governor’s palace. With its breathtaking views over the sea and high walls connecting its three towers, this splendid old castle has become a great place for outdoor performances to be held during the summer months in the courtyard. Renaissance St. Mark’s Tower (Kula svetog Marka), built after the castle in a circular shape, was once used to support artillery on its broad roof and was built to defend the channel between the island and the continent. Along with its large grounds and waterfront setting, it’s a delightful place to explore as long as you think about its former role safeguarding the old city.
- The City Gates: Land Gate
The Land Gate (Kopnena Vrata) was the main entrance to Trogir during the 15th century, and had an essential role during the Venetian defenses along with the city walls, which were rose at the same time. Rebuilt in the 17th century in late-renaissance style, the structure’s tall doorway once housed a drawbridge. Notable features include, the Lion of St. Mark (the symbol of Venice) above the door’s arch, and a statue of the city’s patron saint, St. John of Trogir (Sv Ivan Trogirski), also referred to as Giovanni Orsini in Italian. Another historic structure that needs to be visited is the North Gate. Though much smaller, it served as an important access point, and today it’s surrounded by many great cafés, shops, and restaurants.
- The Clock Tower and Cit
One of Trogir’s most famous monuments, the Clock Tower – once part of the church of St. Sebastian – stands on John Paul II Square, next to the Loggia. Famous for its large blue face and domed roof taken from the chapel of St. Sebastian in the middle of the 15th century, the tower also highlights a statue known as Justice that was sculpted by Nikola Firentinac in 1471. The Loggia, previously at the level of the square but now reached by a few steps, was once connected with the Church of St. Mary and is known for its fine reliefs and columns.