Split: Statue of Gregorius of Nin
Statue of historic figure
The work of famous Croatian sculptor Mestrovic, this statue of the 10th Century Bishop of Nin, Grgur (or Gregorious) was commissioned to commemorate the 1000th anniversary of the synod of Split where Gregorious spoke strongly in favour of local peoples being able to celebrate the liturgy in their own language rather than Latin.
The statue has however had more resonance over the years as a nationalist symbol of the Croats. It originally stood in the Peristyle within Diocletian’s Palace but was moved to its current location by the occupying Italian forces during World War 2 as they tried to rid the Roman town centre of Croatian influence.
The statue is located in the park immediately outside the Golden Gate of Diocletian’s Palace (on its north side). Today people touch/kiss the statue’s big toe (polished through thousands of hands) to seek good luck, particularly when embarking on a journey.
In a public park.
Monday, 13 June 2011