Waking up early today I wanted to get some photos of the monuments before the tour groups started up. I wanted to get some shots of the Gregorius of Nin statue; I had taken this photo from the back at night in silhouette but thought I would share what the statue looks like in daylight.
He reminds me of a wizard every time I see him. There is a smaller version of him in Varaždin and remember him from my last visit there almost twenty years ago. Of course, he’s not a wizard but a bishop. Doesn’t look very bishop-like, does he? Walking back through the Golden Gate I proceeded to the Cathedral of St. Dominic to check out it’s interior.
One problem that I have noticed here is that none of the churches allowed you to take any photographs when inside. I did try to sneak some shots in but it wasn’t really worth it. The Cathedral here in Dicletians palace is one of the smallest in Europe. The photo below is the back of the altar in a small ante-chamber to the main part of the cathedral.
The cathedral was originally the mausoleum of Diocletian before being consecrated in the 7th century and has been left undisturbed since except for the addition of the bell tower in the 12-16th centuries. I would love to share how beautiful it is inside but you’ll need to visit it yourself. My next stop on the tour of Dalmatia was Trogir. Only a one hour bus ride from Split this tiny little town packs a punch with all the historical monuments it holds. My first view of the city was the old Land Gate as you cross the bridge.
I walked along the walls to the western side to meet with someone who would lead me to my abode for the evening. The rental unit was through an adventure company and I ended up with a fantastic room with a small balcony for me to enjoy the sun and views of the old town. After settling in a little and walking over to the market to pick up some fresh figs I decided to get my gear and head out for dinner and some night shots.
It was hard to stop shooting but I knew I had to get some sleep as I would again be getting up early to see the sites before it got too busy,