Location

SLATINE

Slatine is the small settlement (1100 inhabitans) on the northeast side of the island Čiovo, and it belongs administratively to Split. Čiovo is connected to Trogir (mainland) with two bridges. Slatine lies on the coast of the Kaštela bay, just across the city of Split and its peninsula Marjan. Slatine is 8 km far from Trogir and 35 km from Split. During the summer months, Slatine is connected with Split by boat line four times per day (35min trip). 

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Map of the island of Ciovo
 

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Panoramic view of Slatine

Today Slatine is oriented primarily on the tourism. Tourists are attracted by clean and warm Adriatic Sea, the beautiful beaches and mild Mediterranean climate, and also hospitable people, who prepare for their guests festivity called Slatinske fraje. The island of Čiovo is Trogir's seaside resort where, in the past, gentlemen of Trogir were building their summer resorts. Beaches there are gravel, sandy and rocky.

Slatine overlooking whole Kaštela Bay, Split and Marjan Hill. In the past the whole Čiovo had vine plants planted everywhere, and nowadays olives. The quality of local olive oil is well known. There used to be developed hunting on hares and pheasants.

The church and the Dominican monastery of the Holy Cross (Sv. Križ) (5 km from Trogir) were built in the 15th century by the masters Ivan Drakanović and Nikola Mladinov. In the Franciscan monastery of St. Anthony (Sv. Antun) there are a painting of Palma the Younger and a sculpture of St. Magdalene by Ivan Duknović. Along the coast is the church of St. Jerome. On the eastern coast, up the cliff is the nicely located hermitage church of Our Lady of Prizidnica (Our lady beside the sea). Along the south-western side of Čiovo, vis-a-vis the beach, is a small island called Fumija, with the remains of the late antique or early mediaeval church of St. Fumija and farm buildings of the Benedictine monks from Trogir.

The church in Prizidnica was built in 1546 by priest J. Strojdražić, the hermit of Prizidnice who had settled there years before.

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Pre-romanesque church of Our Lady Beside the Sea

It is 460 years old and many stories and legends are connected with the place itself, which elder people from Slatine will gladly share when you visit it....The religious tourism has been developed: pilgrims go on pilgrimage to the Our Lady of Prizidnice four times during the year: On Easter Monday and Whit Monday, on Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary and Holy Name of Mary 's. Believers in large number go on a pilgrimage on Holy Name of Mary's when sanctuary is full of pilgrims not only from Slatine but from other surrounding places as well.

 

 

TROGIR

In the 3rd century BC, Tragurion was founded by Greek colonists from the island of Vis (Issa), and it developed into a major port until the Roman period. Trogir has a fascinating 2300 years of continuous urban tradition. Its rich culture was created under the influence of old Greeks, Romans, and Venetians. Trogir is under UNESCO protection from 1997. 

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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.

Trogir is a town-museum in the very meaning of the word. Lovers of cultural and historical monuments, art, original architecture and nice alleys are given the opportunity in Trogir to learn about the manifold and complex heritage - from the Romanesque yard to the modern interiors.

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Kairos - the God of a happy moment
 

 

Greek relief of Kairos (the god of a happy moment) - dating from the 3rd century B.C. (this is one of two exemplars in the world). It is kept in a Benedictine monastery with the church of St. Nicholas in Trogir.

 

SPLIT

Split is the second largest city in Croatia, with just under 200,000 inhabitants, and is the largest city on the Adriatic coast. Emerging from a Greek settlement founded between the 3rd and 4th centuries, the height of Split's history came in 295 AD when Roman emperor Diocletian ordered a residence to be built there for his retirement.

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Diocletian's palace in Split
 

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It took ten years to build this magnificent palace and Diocletian lived there until his death in 313 AD. Image After that, many Roman rulers continued to use it as a retreat. In the 7th century, when the Roman colony of Salona was abandoned, many of its inhabitants sought sanctuary behind the palace's high walls and their descendants lived there until the present day.

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Proving that Split is indeed an imperial resort, as imagined by the emperor Diocletian, by building on the peninsula by the ancient metropolis Salona a huge stone villa, is also confirmed by the fact that only a five minute walk divides the Palace walls from a swim in the perfectly clean sea. And equally clean to that on any of the Adriatic islands! According to this fact Split is truly a unique exception among cities of its size on the entire Mediteranean: everything that could pollute beaches and the sea is bestowed in a most contemporary way far from the city.

If among the numerous beaches enjoyed by the citizens and their guests, stretched to the west side all the way up to the base of Marjan hill, and to the east, new part of the city, the most eminent beach should be pointed out, the finger will be always turn to - Bačvice. We are talking about a beautiful beach, with a bleu flag indicating exceptionally clean sea, in the almost immediate city centre, where all the visitors' wishes, no matter what age, will be fulfilled.

 

KLIS - A GATEWAY TO DALMATIA

From its position between steep Mosor and Kozjak mountains, Klis overlooks the city of Split and the ancient Roman settlement of Salona. Historically, it had always been fortress that controlled access from Bosnia and inland Croatia to this part of Dalmatia. It is via Klis that Slavs and Avars came and destroyed Salona. In addition, this fortress used to be the seat of Croatia's rulers, and was later on governed bymmonarchs and rulers of neighboring countries.
 
The most glorious period of Klis was the time marked by Petar Kružić in the early 16th century who defended the fort against Turk invasion for more than two and half decades. After his death, Turks ruled Klis for 111 years. The Klis fort was then seized by Venetians and it remained in their possession until fall of the Venetian state, after which the fort was taken by Austrians. The original appearance of the fortress is no longer known because, due to the fort's strategic significance, Venetians and Austrians often made structural changes. Currently, Klis is improved through renovation of the Sv. Vid church, which was initially built by Turks as a mosque.