Tvrdalj Castle, Stari Grad

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Tvrdalj Castle is a castle in Stari Grad, on the island of Hvar, Croatia.
Tvrdalj was the summer residence of Petar Hektorović, the Croatian poet . During the 16th century, the island of Hvar came under attack from the Ottoman Turks. Hektorović, one of the local nobles, undertook to fortify his house so that it could act as shelter for the local citizens.
Tvrdalj is a well-preserved Renaissance building, with a long closed facade on the seaward side, to protect it from attack. The interior courtyard contains a sea-water fishpool, enclosed by a vaulted and arcaded terrace. Next to it is a tower with a dovecote. The living quarters, together with the servant quarters, and several wells, are arranged around the pool. Behind the main buildings is a walled garden where Hektorović cultivated herbs and medicinal plants.
A series of inscriptions are set into walls of the mansion in Latin and Croatian. Those in Croatian are considered to be some of the oldest extant.
PETRVS HECTOREVS MARINI FILIVS
PROPRIO SVMPTV ET INDVSTRIA
AD SVVM ET AMICOR, VSVM CONSTRVXIT
Translation: Petar Hektorović, son of Marin, built this at his own expense and by his own efforts, for his own and his friends' use.
In 1448, Hektor Hektorović was granted permission by the Hvar Governor to build on the land at Tvrdalj, at the far western edge of the town of Stari Grad, right on the shore of the bay. The location was already known as Tvrdalj which translates as a fortress or castle, implying an earlier fortification on the site. The area had been the site of occupation from ancient times, as demonstrated later by remains found during the 1898 excavations for the steps of the nearby church of Sv Rocco.
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  • A gem, the fish pool is very interesting, along with beautiful gardens. Unfortunately, the fortress is divided into plots and into private apartments. So you can only see the fish pool, garden and entrance portal
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  • Great and relaxing visit to oasis Tvrdalj Castle in Stari Grad. Full of history. Price was 20 kn per person.  more »
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  • The building can only be viewed from the outside apart from the entrance hall. But what a garden! It was medieval, renaissance and full of character. There were Latin tags everywhere chosen by the Great man - some uplifting, some admonitory. But above all there was an extraordinary atmosphere which was tangible. What an experience!
  • Nice historical place to see in the heart of Stari Grad on island of Brac. It shows how people lived and cared for one another in those days. Small fish aquarium and arboretum add the touch of history and Mediterranean scents. Very nice place to visit when in Stari Grad
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