Tvrdalj Castle, Stari Grad

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Tvrdalj Castle (Croatian: Gradina Tvrdalj) is a castle in Stari Grad, on the island of Hvar, Croatia.

Tvrdalj was the summer residence of Petar Hektorović, the Croatian poet (1487–1572). 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 fish pool, 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.
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  • Very nice place. Tranquility and charm of the ancient times. Please check all the pictures here in TripAdvisor. Takes from 10 min to hour to visit depending on what mindset are you in. 
    Very nice place. Tranquility and charm of the ancient times. Please check all the pictures here in TripAdvisor. Takes from 10 min to hour to visit depending on what mindset are you in.  more »
  • Such history at this old castle, still occupied by ancestors of its original owner. Not a lot to see, but great for pictures by the pond and in the garden and enjoy the history and poetic ambiance... 
    Such history at this old castle, still occupied by ancestors of its original owner. Not a lot to see, but great for pictures by the pond and in the garden and enjoy the history and poetic ambiance...  more »
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  • 25 kn for an adult ticket, cash only. The place is small, but is such a tranquil place. It’s worth to visit and enjoy a moment inside.
  • A must-visit charming place where you meet with XVI century dalmatian renaissance. Tip: even better to visit before noon as it’s less crowded and light is better.

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