About Trogir

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TROGIR (TRAGURION) was settled by the Greeks in IV-III century BC during theirs hunts across Mediterranean.
In the First century AC, Trogir became Roman municipality "TRAGURIUM CIVIUM ROMANORUM" joined to Salona,
center of Roman province of Dalmatia. Upon the fall of the Roman Empire in Fifth century, Trogir has been developed
as a independent town.
In the Sixth century, the Croats settled in Trogir area and began creating works of art. Right from the beginning
of the Middle Ages the old Greek town of Tragurion felt the fire of the new medieval culture. Builders and masons
built churches and decorated it with interlaced ornamentation.
During the Tenth century citizens of Trogir renewed they old municipal life of the formal Roman "oppidum". In their
struggle against the Venetians, the kings of Hungary got Trogir to their side in return for a guarantee of Independence.
Its citizens could freely elect their city leaders and, already in the Eleventh century, the small community crowded on
the fortified islet, had its own Bishop who was suffrage of the Bishop of Split.

At the beginning of the 13th century, while they were still recovering from the raids of the Venetians, who had attacked
them in 12th century during their war with Hungary for the attractive Dalmatian coast, Trogir citizens under Rector Ilija
from the Kacic family built their new cathedral. Forty years later, RADOVAN carved its main portal in Seget stone.
Prospect of Trogir was brutally interrupted 1420. when town was occupied by Venetians after long struggle, and it
was badly devastated. Occupation lasted for almost four centuries, until 1797. During that time, Trogir was rebuild
again and many new palaces, houses, towers and fortresses were erected. After short period of independence,
Trogir had fallen under Napoleon's domination which was remembered by significant communal and health - care
reforms, and modernization of economy.

Austrians conquered town one more time (1814 - 1914) when citizens suffered illness, epidemics and hunger. After
1848, process of democratization started, and very shortly, 1877, Croats were rulers in their town. After First World War,
Trogir, together with Croatia, became a part of State of South Slovenes, but agony of hunger and indigence wasn't finished.
Real improvement of standard and the way of life started in 1970-ies when Ship industry and tourism were employing
more then 50% of Trogir citizens. Further development was interrupted by aggression on Croatia 1991, when people
of Trogir and its economy suffered serious consequences. Ongoing integration processes in European Community
started with UNESCO's acknowledgement of Trogir as a World cultural Heritage in 1997. Now, on the beginning of the
new Millennia, Trogir becomes popular tourist destination as it was in '80-ies.

Link to Trogir: http://www.tztrogir.hr/ 

 

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