Trogir: With Kairos to a happy moment!

City – Museum

With Kairos to a happy moment!

The relief of Kairos, the Greek God of Happy Moments, is today kept in the Benedictine nunnery in Trogir. It was discovered in an abandoned house of a family from Trogir in 1928. The Greek inscription on the relief dates from the 4th to the 3rd century BC and is the oldest written monument in Trogir area. On this relief from Trogir Kairos is shown as a naked young man on the move, with a tuft of hair one needs to grab at the right moment in order to grab his or her lucky chance or the chance will be lost forever since Kairos is always in a hurry! So, find a moment for yourself, grab your happy moment and come to Trogir!

„Little Venice“ and „The Stone Beauty“

Trogir lies on a small island in a very narrow sea passage between the mainland and the island of Čiovo. It is connected by bridges with both mainland and Čiovo. This specific position and narrow sea canals surrounding it remind us of Venice which gave it the nickname  „Little Venice“ while a big number of churches, fortresses, forts, palaces and other beautiful structures all made of stone and dating from different periods of history  gave it the nickname „The Stone Beauty“.

City – Museum

The entire old center of Trogir, with its numerous monuments, buildings and art represents world cultural and art treasure and since 1997 it has been under the protection of UNESCO and a part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Trogir is the city with more than 2000 years of traditions and one of the cultural pearls of the world in which one can find a strong influence of Ancient Greece, Roman, Venetian and Croatian culture. All this together gave it the nickname City-Museum.  One of the best known parts of town is the City Cathedral whose construction began in 1240 and continued till the end of the 16th century. The Cathedral represents a unique example of that type of structure in the world with the evident mixture of different styles of construction. For the tourists, the most appealing are the view from the cathedral Bell Tower, the very entrance to the Cathedral with the well-known portal, work of the great master Radovan and the chapel with the statue of St. John, the patron saint of Trogir. Very interesting are also the two forts from the 15th century – the Fortress Kamerlengo and the Tower of St. Marco which in the past were used for defense.

About Trogir

Trogir is a city, port and a well-known resort only 25 km away from Split. It is situated on a small island in the narrow sea passage between the mainland and the island of Čiovo. Its central and wider area, thanks to the exceptional cultural heritage and natural beauties, is one of the most desired tourist destinations. It has around 13000 inhabitants whose occupations are mainly connected with tourism, shipbuilding, agriculture and fishing. Besides for its world-known old city center, which is under the UNESCO protection, Trogir is also known as a nautical center. The Trogir archipelago includes a great number of islands and islets which simply take your breath away. One cannot decide which one is more fetching, the view from the sea or from the surrounding hills.

What to visit?

  • The City Cathedral – built from the 13th until the 16th century, a unique example of a structure with several artistic styles built during different historical periods.

  • THE CITY CATHEDRAL PORTAL – the most famous monument of Dalmatian sculpture

    • FORTRESS KAMERLENGO AND THE TOWER OF ST. MARCO, from the 15th century; THE ĆIPIKO PALACE, 15th century; DUKE’S COURT, from the 13th century;

    • MUNICIPAL LOGGIA, once a city court; SOUTH CITY GATE, 16th century; NORTH CITY GATE, with the statue of St. John, the patron saint, guarding the city entrance.

    • THE BENEDICTINE NUNNERY OF ST. NICHOLAS – where the relief of Kairos is kept


    • WATER-MILL PANTAN – the outstanding ornithological and ichtyological reservation only 3km from the city. The fresh and salt water mix in this spacious laguna which serves as the habitat as well as the resting point for many species of birds during their migration period. The Renaissance mills have been turned into a catering establishment. We highly recommend a walk through the reservation.