After telling you already some basic stories about our trip to Trogir and thanking the people who made this trip absolutely remarkable, I would like to introduce to you today the cities of Trogir and Split.
One thing is for sure: These people in Vaterstetten know how to make friends (with open hearts and hospitality) and they know how to choose city partnerships. The lovely and picturesque Allauch – partner city of Vaterstetten for over 25 years now – is located in the South of France not too far from Marseille and absolutely beautiful. And now we have Trogir in the heart of Dalmatia. An UNESCO world heritage city located directly at the crystal clear Adriatic Sea. A perfect choice, isn’t it?
The history of Trogir goes back to the 3rd century B.C. to the (greek) village called Tragurion. In all these centuries lots of different sovereigns called Trogir their own including The Venetians and The Austrian-Hungarian Empire. And even more tried to conquer it but not a small number of them failed, because of the thick walls and the special city architecture.
So if you ever walk the tiny streets in the old town of Trogir and wonder why they did not make it bigger – that’s the reason:
If you want to conquer the place you first have to get through the thick walls, which is difficult enough. And even if the enemies made it into the town they had to go one after each other because the streets were so narrow that you cannot go in a bigger group sholder by sholder. So the citizens of Trogir could easily fight them down one after one shooting out of their windows – an easy and effective way of defense.
Today it’s safe, of course, to walk the old town of Trogir and very enjoyable. A lot of cute shops, nice restaurants serving great food, beautiful cafés to hang out and have a coffee or cocktail and great ice cream places (I LOVE lactase pills!) are waiting for you – and lots of gorgeous historical places and sightseeing attractions like the following:
The beautiful waterfront of Trogir:
Typical narrow street in Trogir
Cathedral of Saint Lawrence
Bell tower at the main square
Only half an hour by car or 45 minutes by boat from Trogir you find the 2nd biggest city of Croatia – Split.
The city of Salona (now Solin) dates back to the 4th century B.C. and was the most important city of the region before the citizens moved in the 7th century A.D. in the empty palace of the roman emperor Diocletian built in the 3rd century A.D. to be better protected against conquerors coming from sea side as well as down the mountains. Out of this palace taken over by the citizens of old Salona grew the city of Split.
Besides a nice waterfront to walk, lots of very fashionable shops and a huge number of cafés the palace of Diocletian and all the antiques locations inside are the most interesting sightseeing spots in Split. Just have a look:
Split from Mount Marjan
Diocletian Palace - Peristyl
Cathedral Saint Duje (Dominus)
And before you leave Split don’t for get to look out for the statue of Saint Gregory of Nin and touch his toe for good luck. While rubbing it think of a wish you have – the legend says that it will come true. It did not work for me yet, but I am willing to give it more time since it was a big and kind of time consuming wish. If it ever comes true, I’ll let you know.
Stay tuned for part III of Vaterstetten goes Trogir with the city of Šibenik, Krka National Park and – you may guess it already – Rogoznica.