Quaint Village by the Sea

Trip Start Sep 05, 2011
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Trip End Sep 27, 2011


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Where I stayed
Le Meridien Lav Hotel (Sea View Rooms)
What I did
Drove into Split late after touring
Toured Trogir and Split

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Sunday, September 11, 2011

The first pictures attached to this are of the pool, sea and views from my room.  It was a lovely spot and I enjoyed dinner by the pool yesterday.  We were supposed to tour Trogir yesterday, but instead we decided to do it this morning.  It was well worth the trip and the pictures tell of a seaside town that is now a UNESCO heritage site as it has been so well preserved. I went up the flight of stairs at the fort to walk on the ledge along the wall and get some pictures of the Promenade below.  Later we went back to Split and toured the Diocletian's Palace and to be honestly truthful, I was disappointed in it.  It has been turned into a commercial mecca.  The narrow lanes are very hard to navigate and are full of stores on either side.  The walls on the outside are over 6 ft thick and have actually had apartments created within them.  How that was possible I do not know but you can see socks hanging in the windows that have been cut into the walls.  Luka said it has been this way for centuries and he does not know when the apartments were created.  In fact, I would say that Split is my least favorite place so far on this trip.  It is an important industrial town for Croatia but seems less attractive than any of the other places except for the Promenade with is beautiful.  We had dinner in a restaurant and watched the sun set and the lights flicker on the water.  Lovely.

 Trogir  is a historic town and harbour on the Adriatic coast in Split-Dalmatia CountyCroatia, with a population of 12,995 (2001)[2] and a total municipality population of 13,322 (2001). The historic city of Trogir is situated on a small island between the Croatian mainland and the island of Čiovo.[3] It lies 27 kilometres west of the city of Split.



A view of TrogirCountry 
 Trogir has 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its culture was created under the influence of old GreeksRomans, andVenetians. Trogir has a high concentration of palaces, churches, and towers, as well as a fortress on a small island, and in 1997 was inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List. "The orthogonal street plan of this island settlement dates back to the Hellenistic period and it was embellished by successive rulers with many fine public and domestic buildings and fortifications. Its beautiful Romanesque churches are complemented by the outstanding Renaissance and Baroque buildings from the Venetian period", says UNESCO report.Trogir is the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex not only in the Adriatic, but in all of Central Europe. Trogir's medieval core, surrounded by walls, comprises a preserved castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods. Trogir's grandest building is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia.The most important sites include:
  • Historical city core, with about 10 churches and numerous buildings from 13th century
  • The city gate (17th century) and city walls (15th century)
  • The Fortress Kamerlengo (15th century)
  • The Duke's Palace (13th century)
  • The Cathedral (13th century) with the Portal of Master Radovan, the unique work of this Croatian artist
  • The big and small palaces Cipiko from the 15th century

Split

 For more information on the history of Split click here   Split

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 The city is located on the shores of the Mediterranean, more specifically on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea, spreading over a central peninsula and its surroundings, with its metropolitan area including the many surrounding seaside towns as well. An intraregional transport hub, the city is a link to the numerous surroundingAdriatic islands and the Apennine peninsula, as well as a popular tourist destination.Split is also one of the oldest cities in the area, and is traditionally considered just over 1,700 years old, while archaeological research relating to the ancient Greek colony of Aspálathos (6th century BC) establishes the city as being several hundred years older.



 Split became the most important port in Yugoslavia. In the new country, Split became the seat of new administrative unit, Littoral Banovina. The Lika railway, connecting Split to the rest of the country, was completed in 1925. After the Cvetković-Maček agreement, Split became the part of new administrative unit (merging of Sava and Littoral Banovina plus some Croat populated areas), Banovina of Croatia in Kingdom of Yugoslavia.[edit]World War IIMain article: Yugoslav People's Liberation WarIn April 1941, following the invasion of Yugoslavia by Nazi Germany, Split was occupied by Italy and formally annexed one month later. Italian rule met heavy opposition from the Croat population as Split became a center of anti-fascist sentiment in Yugoslavia. Between September and October 1941 alone, ten officials of the Italian fascist occupation were assassinated in the city by angry citizens.[12]In September 1943, following the capitulation of Italy, the city was temporarily liberated by Tito's brigades with thousands of people volunteering to join the Partisans of MarshalJosip Broz Tito (a third of the total population, according to some sources). A few weeks later, however, the Partisans were forced into retreat as the Wehrmacht placed the city under the occupation of the Nazi puppet NDH a few weeks later. During the occupation, some of the port facilities as well as parts of the old city were damaged by NDH and German bombing. In a tragic turn of events, besides being bombed by axis forces, the heavily pro-Partisan city was also bombed by the Allies, causing hundreds of deaths. Partisans finally liberated the city on October 26, 1944 and instituted it as the provisional capital of Croatia. On February 12, 1945 the Kriegsmarine conducted a daring raid on the Split harbor, damaging the British cruiser Delhi.[edit]SFR YugoslaviaMain articles: Socialist Federal Republic of 
 
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