Our home, the city museum, is truly a unique town on the Adriatic coast for its location, history and architecture.
Trogir, the city museum, is truly a unique city on the Adriatic coast for its location, history and architecture. This city; amphibian, under its present medieval foundations, hides the foundations from Illyrian, Hellenistic and Roman times.
Since 1997 it has been under the protection of UNESCo as a monument of international cultural heritage.
Riviera Trogir is located on the western part of the Split-Dalmatia County. With its territorial area and land border on the eastern and north eastern part borders with the city of Kaštel, and on its western and north-western part of the area, it borders with the neighbouring municipality of Rogoznica and the city of Šibenik within the Šibenik-Knin county and the island municipality of Šolta on the south, while on the sea it covers seven nautical miles of state border.
The area of the Trogir micro-region includes the city of Trogir, the Seget Municipality, Okrug and Marina and two inhabited islands, Drvenik Veliki and Mali, which territorially belong to the municipality of Trogir.
In this area, in accordance with the geographical, geological and geomorphologic characteristics, the coastal area of Riviera Trogir is different from the archipelago and inland area of Zagora.
Riviera Marina has the Adriatic type of Mediterranean climate with a favourable microclimate, and area sheltered from the north winds with a chain of hills and an archipelago of islands from the southern winds.
Archaeological findings confirm that Trogir is one of the oldest cities on the Mediterranean whose history goes back 2000 years before Christ. In its area in the 3rd century BC there was a Greek settlement called Tragurion founded by Dorians from Syracuse, also local traders from the nearby island of Issa (Vis). The name comes from the Greek name Tragos (goat) as the Greeks called a nearby mountain Kozjak, which was full of goats.
Trogir is famous for its numerous works of architecture and art of various styles from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque from different periods that are intertwined in one symbiosis and make Trogir the museum city. Trogir even now keeps the Greek street layout and the central square, where the cathedral is now, was once the Agora.
Although each stone in Trogir has a story, some particularly stand out:
1. Cathedral of St. Lovre was built from the 12th to the 17th century with a 47 m high tower, where different styles intertwine, from Romanesque to Baroque, as few of the buildings in this region do. It also contains valuable works such as the chapel of Ivana Trogir, a baptistery showing St. Jerome in the desert, translating the Bible, a crucifix of Blaž Burja of Trogir from the 15th century and choir stalls.
2. Radovan's Portal at the entrance to the cathedral represents a sculptural masterpiece of Croatian medieval art portraying the theme of sin and redemption of mankind by Jesus' resurrection. Radovan carved this portal in 1240, and it is assumed that he is also the author of some works at the Basilica of St. Marco in Venice.
3. Relief of the Greek deity Kairos from the 3rd century BC (one of the two copies in the world), which represents the youngest son of Zeus known as the god of happy moments in Greek mythology, is a superb example of Greek art that can be seen in this region. The Relief is on display at the Benedictine monastery of St. Nikola from the 11th century.
4. Small and large Čipiko palace opposite the cathedral is one of the best preserved palaces in the city (created by connecting older Romanesque houses). It was owned by the Čipiko family, a famous warrior Coriolanus Čipika and Alviz Čipika who, while taking part in the Battle of Lepanto, sunk a Turkish ship named Rooster, whose protege are even now on display in the atrium of the palace.
5. Municipal Palace from the 13th century was built in Gothic and Renaissance style and is located on the main square which in the period between the 17th and 19th century was a prison and theatre.
6. City Loggia from the 14th century with columns with reformulated late Roman capitals and Allegory of Justice - masterpiece from 1471 from the famous sculptor Nicholas of Florence.
7. Fortress Kamerlengo from the 15th century, named after Kamerlengo (clerk, cashier) who led all financial affairs of the city is located in the south-western part of the island and today is used for classical music concerts and various performances.