In the ancient Greece, Kairos was the god of happy moments. Similar but opposed to Chronos. Both are representing the concept of time, but while Chronos is the time measured quantitatively, Kairos measures the quality of the past time, which must be “happy”. This happy moment must be swiftly caught over the ever-running Kairos – otherwise the happy moment would fly away and couldn’t be caught again. Well, Kairos relief was found in Trogir and in a certain way Kairos god is protecting Trogir.
Trogir – Marked by masters
Due to its geographical position, Trogir has always been the perfect place for living. With its naturally protected port, many springs of drinking water, fertile soil in the hinterland and stone from local quarries, Trogir has been inhabited for more than 3, 600 years. This inspiring Mediterranean city has attracted many great masters ever since the time of the ancient Greeks. These masters lived in Trogir and created some of their most famous masterpieces here. Various artists, writers, craftsmen and travelers found their inspiration in Trogir and have left behind numerous marks of their work.
The City that leaves an indelible mark
Trogir is the City of Masters, the city which slowly but convincingly pulls us into an enchanted labyrinth of beauty, into narrow stone streets made of yellow smooth stone. The colours of the stone remind us of the colours of the warm, afternoon sun.
This City of Masters began its master story with the portal of Master Radovan, Muscardelli, Aleši, Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin, Firentinac and Duknović. These masters marked a turning point in the history of Trogir, placing it at the very top of the art world. The Romanesque art of Radovan’s portal describes the humanistic truth of redemption and shows us that good and love always outweigh evil.
Signs or marks that the masters have left will never be forgotten. They bear witness to the fact that these people were not only creating here, as can be seen in their numerous works, but also that they were enjoying life, as shown by the various games carved around the Church of St. John the Baptist and at the entrance of the Cathedral.
The masters’ signs invite us to discover and explore. They arouse curiosity and with each new discovery we feel happiness and contentment. In these signs we will find the pieces of life and struggle against oblivion, but also the personal signs of masters who wanted to mark their autorship over particular building or sculpture.
Once we visit Trogir, we create the memories that we will always carry in our hearts.
Marked by Masters
In its cobbled streets, Trogir preserves numerous traces of local and foreign masters that are just waiting to be discovered. Skilfully carved into the stone facades of the city, seemingly insignificant notches, dents, dashes, crescents, flowers, leaves and twigs, axes, blueprints and merels are revealed only to the keen eye of a curious observer. In these marks one can see all the richness of art and the joys of everyday life in Trogir.
Trogir is a unique example in the history of European architecture and it is the city with the largest number of such stone signs or marks in Europe. Each mark carries its own meaning. Some of them mark the end of the costruction, some of them represent the personal signature of the master and some are engraved votive prayers. The masters also carved games into stone, like chess and merel, that were used for entertainment during the construction break.
Discrete, but yet so powerful, these marks in stone can be seen on the facades and interior walls of the Cathedral of Saint Lawrence and Church of Saint John the Baptist.
Historical and cultural monuments in Trogir
Over the centuries, Trogir has turned into a magnificent treasury with many historical and cultural monuments, so UNESCO placed it on the list of protected cultural sites in 1997.
In the past, Trogir was always very attractive to many different rulers. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Hungarian-Croatian rulers, Venetians, Napoleon and Habsburgs, all claimed this unique city. Each epoch has left its mark, but during the reign of the Venetian Republic, the city experienced its cultural flourish. Many monuments were built and some of the most famous masters created their masterpieces in Trogir. These masterpieces leave an indelible mark on every visitor. Besides the Cathedral, the most famous monument in Trogir is the Kamerlengo fortress.
For more details, brochures and tour advices, feel free to step in the Tourist Board of Trogir, set on the main square.
Sightseeing in Trogir
Trogir’s best sight is the Cathedral of St Lawrence (Katedrala sv. Lovrijenac) on which building work started in 1213 on a site where a previous cathedral once stood; the main part of the cathedral was completed in 1250. The cathedral’s bell tower was built between the 14th and 16th centuries, and can be climbed to see fantastic views from the top. A must see within the cathedral is the Chapel of St John, built in 1468, and which is considered the best Renaissance sight in Dalmatia.
Part of the city walls, built between the 13th and 14th centuries, are visible today on the southern side of the city. In the middle of the city wall is the city gate, which was built in 1593.
A city loggia stands near the cathedral, constructed in the 14th or 15th centuries. Over the years, it has had a number of uses, including that of a court. Within the loggia is a relief by Ivan Mestrovic, depicting Petar Berislavic of Trogir. He was a Croatian Ban (viceroy) and Bishop of Zagreb; he died in 1520 in a battle against the Turks.
The Cipiko Palaces, opposite the cathedral, were home to the town’s noble family in the 15th century.
- Trogir Cathedral
- Beaches around Trogir
- Cipiko Palace
- Kamerlengo Castle and St. Mark’s Tower
- The Clock Tower and City Loggia
- The City Gates: Land Gate
- The Church of St. Peter
- The Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas
- The Town of Marina