Trogir is a typically Venetian, ancient harbour town listed as one of the best-preserved medieval towns in Europe by UNESCO and just 5-kilometers from the Split airport.
Life is at a slow pace here in Trogir, people take their time to enjoy the old city, relax in one of the many cafes and restaurants, stroll the water front promenade and absorb the natural beauty city has on offer. The city was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 1997 and is home to many beautiful historic sites best of which is the Cathedral St Lawrence. Narrow cobbled streets, charming piazzas, magnificent buildings dating back to 3rd century there is a real atmosphere in Trogir.
Although findings show that the city dates to prehistoric times, the town’s history really starts with a Greek settlement in the 3rd century BC when Greeks from the island of Vis founded the settlement Tragurion, which then went on to become part of the Roman Empire when the empire was expanding through Dalmatia at that time. Later, following the Hungarian and Croatian rule over few centuries, it became part of the Venetian Empire, until the Empire’s fall in 1797.
Trogir’s best sight is undoubtedly, the Cathedral of St Lawrence (Katedrala sv. Lovrijenac), dating back to 1213 when the building work has started 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 provides an excellent view point 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 of Trogir 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 opening the narrow streets of Trogir to a beautiful marbles promenade.