Exploring Fortress Kamerlengo in Trogir, Croatia

Right at the edge of Trogir’s Marina stands a sturdy stone structure. The few cars parked around it are dwarfed and the small white gate letting visitors in stands out, a misfit in the stone setting; this week’s Europe travel tip is Trogir’s fifteenth century fortress, Kamerlengo.

The Kamerlengo fortress was part of the city’s rampart system, connected to other defence structures (including the St. Mark’s tower across the football field), and the town, by fortified walls that enclosed Trogir. Today it stands alone, towering over the marina.

The fortress began as a Genoese high tower during the 14th century, and was further reinforced under the Venetian rule a century later when they spruced up their defence systems to protect the region against invading Turks.

It’s much easier to scale the fort today. A small fee of ten Kunas gives visitors full access to the fortress. The heart of the fort is a popular open air cinema and concert venue; benches are placed around the stone walls and performances take place under the open sky. If you visit during summer months, be sure to check out local listings for a show.

You can climb to the top of the fortress through a series of stairways – while the stairs leading right to the open roof are narrow and incredibly claustrophobic. Nesting pigeons add to the dank atmosphere. But the view from the top of the tower makes up for the uncomfortable climb. Trogir and its marina spread out in front of the tower – church towers, smaller towers, football grounds, terracotta roof tops, snazzy private boats and umbrella tops with cafes underneath. Trogir is a UNESCO world heritage site and if you’re interested in history, there lots to see around the main square.

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