Traveling is almost like talking with men of other centuries. – René Descartes
How Trogir tempts me with its fanciful flourishes fit for a fairy tale!
At almost every turn in the Croatian town’s labyrinthine lanes, there emerge weathered faces, coats of arms, religious motifs, and even a nautical-inspired element. Embarking on a grocery shopping mission is a hapless endeavor, for I always become distracted, craning my neck to see the treasures on the façades above. At times, I expect my trusty Nikon (or husband) to start puffing out smoke, exhausted from my maniacal snapping.
I also find myself torn between wanting to be a symbologist or art historian, or simply a child playing hide & seek in this UNESCO World Heritage-listed town that has been inhabited for more than 2,300 years, and shaped by Greek, Roman and Venetian cultures.
My husband and I have solved some of the mysteries about these limestone motifs, thanks to chats with locals, and scant research. On the Ćipiko Palaces’ south gate (image above) is the Latin saying nosce te ipsum (know thyself). A father and son built these neighboring palaces, which are heavily adorned with multiple family coats of arms.
Yet so many other details around town remain a mystery that I wish to unravel… Perhaps it’s better that way.
In what cities have you most found yourself getting lost in the details?
Can you share any interpretations of what some of these coats of arms might mean? Creativity encouraged! :)
Photography & text © by Tricia A. Mitchell. All Rights Reserved.