Pritam Rohila Travels

Reports of my travels along with some pictures

Feb 5, 2008

2007 Croatia, Trogir

September 27-October 14, 2007

October 9

Following our visit to Salona, we headed to Trogir, one of the Dalmatian jewels.

Having bought Dalmatia in 1409, the Venetian Republic had to fight hard to obtain Trogir's submission.

Only about 20 miles from Salona, Trogir is situated on a small island. It is connected to the mainland by a small stone bridge and the New Bridge.

On the south side, a draw bridge connects Trogir to the Ciovo Island.

From mainland one enters the town through the North Gate. A statute of St. John, the town’s patron saint, stands on its top, blessing the inhabitants as well as the visitors.

The town’s narrow medieval streets are lined with cafes and shops as well as street vendors and musicians.

A few minutes’ walk leads one to the main square. On the north end of the square is 13th century St. Lawrence Cathedral, one of Croatia’s most important buildings. Its 150-ft high bell-tower is the area’s tallest structure.

Its portal was sculpted by Radovan, Trogir’s native son.

On the east side of the square is the City Hall. A Clock Tower is on the square’s south end.

Next to the Clock Tower is an open gallery with the equestrian statue of Bishop and Ban Petar Berislavic. Tired tourists use benches in the gallery to rest for a few minutes. The gallery’s ceiling is decorated with floral seals.

The building on the west side has arched windows.

Heading south from the square a narrow street leads to the South Gate. Atop the gate is the insignia that testifies to Trogir being a UNESCO’s World Heritage site.

To the south of the gate and leaning against the city wall is the Loggia, where, at one time, passengers arriving after closing of South Gate could wait and rest till its opening next day. Now it houses a gallery and souvenir shop.

The waterfront, called “Riva” by the locals, is lined with various Renaissance buildings and cafes, and is always crowded with tourists.

On its western end is a fortress, which the Venetians built in the 16th century to guard against the Turkish attacks.

After having vegetarian pizza for lunch, we went back to our bus, and headed for our next destination, Plitvice Lakes National Park, reputed to be Croatia’s most spectacular sights.

On the way we came across some picturesque scenes.

Also, one time we stopped at a roadside rest area for a restroom and refreshment stop.

But it was cold and windy there. Also, men as well as women had to use the only one functioning restroom.


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