The UNESCO World Heritage Site is a site of unique value and beauty and consists of World Cultural Heritage and World Natural Heritage. In order for a cultural monument or natural attraction to be included in the list, they must go through a rigorous selection process that has multiple criteria such as being a masterpiece of human creative genius or being an incomparable natural phenomenon of outstanding natural beauty and aesthetic value.
That is why it is not surprising that the old town of Trogir in 1997 was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List as an example of a well-preserved Romanesque island town. Trogir will delight you with its numerous cultural and historical monuments. Few cities can boast of fifteen churches, five towers and numerous statues that adorn Trogir's squares and streets. Trogir is the best preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex, not only on the Adriatic, but in the whole of Central Europe.
1. The Cathedral of St. Lawrence
It is one of the most famous monuments in Trogir and one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Croatia. Its construction took 300 years. The main entrance to the cathedral is through Radovan's portal, named after Master Radovan. The peculiarity of this cathedral is that its construction lasted as long as four centuries. Climb the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Lovre and enjoy the unique panorama of Trogir and its surroundings. The Cathedral of St. St. Lawrence is one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Croatia for sure. It was renovated in 2002 as part of a project by the American Venetian Hertiage Foundation.
2. The church of St. Sebastian
On the main town square, opposite the cathedral stands the votive Church of St. Sebastian, which instead of a bell tower has an amazing City Clock Tower. This church in the center of Trogir is also one of its symbols. Next to it is the City Lodge which in the past played an important role in the functioning of the town and today this location is ideal for enjoying coffee in a nearby café while you are surrounded by amazing buildings.
3. Ćipiko Palace
Across from the Cathedral of St. Lowrence is the Ćipiko Palace, which is the former home of the historic nobel family of the city of Trogir, the Ćipiko family. The Ćipiko Palace houses numerous works of art by famous, old Croatian masters. These are several buildings built in the Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance style, which have been merged into a whole over time and its authors are some of the most prominent artists of their time, such as Nicholas of Florence. The palace is adorned with many fascinating details and a tour of this amazing building will vividly evoke the life and prosperity of the city at that time.
4. The Kamerlengo Fortress
On the coast of the city is the Kamerlengo Fortress, which is a magnificent building from the 15th century, a magnificent building from the 15th century built by local master Marin Radoj. Not far from the Kamerlengo Fortress is the tower of St. Marco, another impressive part of the city's Renaissance fortifications. What was once the governor's palace in Venetian times, today is an incredible stage for various cultural events.
5. The City Lodge
The City Lodge is a building that dates back to the 13th century. Its renaissance appearance was restored in the 19th century, while the staircase and crown of the well have Gothic features. In the court there were numerous inscriptions and coats of arms of nobles and princes. In one of the rooms of the court there was also a theater which was destroyed over the years. Today, the City Hall is located in this building.
From the sea side you can still enter the city of Trogir through the Southern City Gate built in the Renaissance style, while the northern city gate is decorated with Venetian lion and its stone bridge connected the city with the mainland. At the top of the door is a statue of St. John of Trogir, who is also the patron saint of the city of Trogir.
In addition to a trip into the past that you experience walking the streets, Trogir is a living Mediterranean town.
What is certainly the most interesting from the history of Trogir is the fact that Trogir is the first city in Europe to have its own pharmacy, which was opened in 1271.