Split Coast Castles: Archbishop’s Palace (Croatia)

Our series of small castles on the Croatian Adriatic coast between Split and Trogir slowly comes to an end.

So far, you have learned about some tiny fortresses, strongholds and – well – castles.

Now we’ll introduce you to the Archbishop’s palace in Kaštel Sućurac, which is actually the oldest among the defensive fortresses. In 1392 the tower was built by A. Gvaldo – the archbishop of Split (who would have guessed). In 1474, the rest of the building was constructed on a sea embankment in front of said tower.

Originally the palace was a one-storey building with an L-shaped ground plan, decorated with single and double light windows in a Gothic style. When the archbishop built his summer residence in 1488, there was no sight of war and no need for any defensiveness.

This changed after the fall of Klis Fortress. Once the palace became a fortified part of the Kaštilac, the Gothic openings were transferred onto the interior walls.

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Later and back in peaceful times, the ground plan turned into a rectangular shape. Its Gothic windows were added to the exterior facade again, and the palace finally got a roof.

It is definitely worth a visit, since there is a museum located in the palace, presenting the versatile history of the small waterfront town and its surroundings (open on weekdays between 9 am and 4 pm).

Travel Fact: As you can see on the pictures, the weather can be a bit unreliable at the Croatian coast. Prepare for surprising rain at all seasons.

 

 

 

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