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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  • We can recommend it, it is really very nicely laid out, small but fine. You can spend about 30-4 5 minutes without dribbling, but also not rushing. We found it very interesting and beautiful. There was a German explanation for the reading and the entrance was absolutely fair.
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  • Also known as the "House of Peter Getorovich", this palace is the most fascinating monument of the city. Designed as a fortress of poet, the heir to one of the most influential families of Hvar, its austere façade hides a marvelous inner garden, broken around a large pond. Inscriptions in Latin at the edge of the Water chronicle the author's values and vanity of life. Construction from 1520 to 1569 year took most of his life.
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  • Tvrdalj Castle is a well-preserved Renaissance building at the southern end of the main town square. It was the summer residence of Petar Hektorović, a Croatian writer and poet (1487–1572). The Turks ...  more »
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  • A beautiful medieval Villa with a pond! It is so much a part of the old town of Stark Grad!
  • This was summer residence of local noble and poet Petar Hektorovic who fortified it to serve as shelter in time of war as Turkish navy visited Hvar at least once. It is well preserved and worth of visit. Along with pictures of Tvrdalj I will also present surrounding area of the port.
  • I haven’t been inside the fortress but outside it looks amazing! Not very big but with perfect lines and walls. And the square near the fortress is very cute. I’ll definitely visit it next time!
  • Unique fortified house with large fish pond full of grey mullet and connected to the sea, tranquil gardens and dove cotes. Interesting Latin inscriptions echo the history of this Stari Grad landmark. Well worth the visit!
  • Beautiful 16th century house designed by a local Croatian nobleman and poet. Small in size but full of character. Would recommend stopping by and taking the 20-30 minutes out of your day to look around the place.
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