Trogir – one big museum under the patronage of UNESCO
Trogir was founded by Greek in III century B.C. as TRAGURION (place where goats graze). Since then, this place has developed its shipbuilding. The Croatian people inhabited this area in VIII century and built the church using the pillars of ruined Salona.
Wars, ups and downs, taking and giving freedom and rights are some basic aspects of the history of Trogir. It is one big museum with numerous historical traces of Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Hungarian, Austrian, Venetian, French and Croatian domination. All of this makes Trogir a treasury of many different monuments from antique period, Hellenism, early Christian times, Croatian early middle age art , Romanic, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical period that intersect and supplement with each other in harmony of shapes and contents.
Most important monuments:
- - Romanic cathedral with Gothic and Renaissance parts from XVIII century;
- - The Radovan Portal finished in 1240 is the most valuable work of Romanic sculpture in Dalmatia;
- - The city hall built in XV century;
- - Loggia (balcony) from XV century with the portrait of Petar Berislavić made by famous Meštrović;
- - Tower with the clock and Gothic palace Cipiko;
- - Small church of St. Barbara from XI century is the oldest preserved building in Trogir;
- - Castle Kamerlengo and the tower of Saint Marc from XV century.
The famous critic Bernard Berenson defines Trogir as one of the few cities that include many works of art in such a little space. But Trogir is more than that, it is one big museum being referred to as one huge monument.