Cathedral of Saint Lawrence

Cathedral of Saint Lawrence

Aerial View Cathedral of St.Lawrence in Trogir Croatia Trogir, Croatia The most famous monument in Trogir, and one of the most important architectural monuments in Dalmatia, is certainly the Cathedral of St. Lawrence (Katedrala sv. Lovre), called the Cathedral of St. John (sv. Ivan) by the people after the city patron, a contemporary of King Zvonimir and King Koloman. Efforts of generations through four centuries and many great names were invested into its building. It seems that it was erected on the foundations of an older basilica destroyed during the sack by the Saracens in 1123. It is considered that its construction started in 1213. The Trogir Cathedral is a Romanesque-Gothic basilica with a nave and two aisles, three semi-circular apses and a vaulted interior above which rises the Campanile. Romanesque massiveness and Gothic elegance have been harmoniously combined in its architecture. Heavy piers separate the wide central nave from the aisles. All have circular vaults. The aisles have Gothic ribs, and the nave was vaulted later (in the 15th century) also in a Gothic style. The cross vaults and the earlier flat terraces above the aisles were of Apulian influence. The outside wall is divided by pilasters and decorated with Romanesque blind arcades. A large vestibule was added in the 15th century, and the artistically executed Gothic rosette on the western facade is from the same period. The Radovan's Portal, finished in 1240, is a monumental and perhaps unique work of this great Croatian artist, of whom the inscription on the base of the lunette says he is "the best of all in this artisanship". It is the peak of Dalmatian medieval plastic art. Human forms dominate the Portal. On the outer pilasters saints and apostles, stiff in Byzantine style, are depicted in shallow relief.  Filmed by bbDrones. bbDrones contact and other info: twitter.com/bbDrones facebook.com/bbDrones bbdrones@gmail.com - email bbDrones

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