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Kamerlengo Castle (Gradina
Description of Kamerlengo Castle or Gradina
Kamerlengo Castle or Gradina Kamerlengo in
Croatian started with a Veriga Tower that was constructed in the
14th century by the Genoese to keep check on sudden enemy attacks.
The fortress was built soon after the takeover of the city by the
Republic of Venice in 1420 by Mayor Marin Radojev according to the
plans of the Venetian military engineer Pincino da Bergamo. It is
part of the expansion of the Veriga tower (Tower of Chains), which
was built in the same place in 1380. The exterior walls were once
decorated with the coats of arms of Pietro Loredan, a Venetian
admiral, the doge Francesco Foscari and Trogir's prince Magdaleno
Originally the fort was surrounded by a moat and
on the north and east side a large wall supported the defense of the
castle. The main entrance on the north side had a drawbridge. The
lord of the castle and his crew lived in houses in the courtyard.
They were destroyed in the 19th century together with the chapel of
Saint Mark. The name of the castle
takes roots from Italian camerlengo that roughly translates as
chamberlain or an administrative official. Today it serves as place
for performances in summer months. After massive restoration upper
parts of the towers and walls became accessible to the tourists.
The word kamerlengo (Italian camerlengo) refers to
the title of chamberlain, a Venetian administrative official. The
building ensemble is used for events in summer.