Trogir: Trg Ivana Pavla II
Town Square with historic interest
This large open square at the eastern end of the old town of Trogir is its main focal point an his its main street, Gradska, running across its western side. It is a square of moderate size (though large by the standards of Trogir) which is surrounded by buildings in polished creamy white limestone and floored with large flat cobbles of a similar white limestone inset at its centre with an area of darker cobble of granite or basalt. Buildings surrounding the square include the Town Hall (with Tourist Information Centre) on its east side and the Cathedral of Sv. Lovrijenca (St Lawrence’s) on its north side.
On its east side stands the Civic Logia and its clock tower. This building was constructed in the fifteenth century and heavily restored during the late 19th century. One of the most prominent relief carvings in this building was of a Venetian lion and a figure of justice - but this was destroyed in 1932 by locals using dynamite who wanted to remove any signs of an Italian connection in the city. The surviving relief shows Justice flanked by St John and St Lawrence and was carved by Frientinac, who ‘signed’ the work with his personal trademark - he flower covered pillars on either side of the figures.
Just off the square to the north (and opposite the entrance to the cathedral) is the Cipiko Palace, a 15th Century Venetian Mansion designed by Andrija Alesi. The palace is significant as the home of the Cipiko family one of the most prominent noble families in Trogir during the late 14th and 15th Centuries. Today the ground floor is open daily but there is little to see with the exception of some later carvings. it costs nothing to enter and at the back you will find the office of the Cipiko Tourist Agency.
By foot the square is open 24 hours a day as is the Logia, Cipiko palace is open during business hours.
Trogir: Trg Ivana Pavla II is in the eastern end of the old town
Sunday, 8 April 2012