Tvrdalj Castle

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General Information

Tvrdalj Castle is a castle in Stari Grad on the Croatian island of Hvar. The castle was the summer residence of poet Petar Hektorovic who inherited the incomplete building from his father Hektor, who had passed away. Gradual improvements were made by Petar but it was when the island was attacked by Ottoman Turks; that Hektorovic who was a noble decided to fortify his house so that he could take in and protect the local community. Stari Grad was once more attacked by the Turks and Petar died the following year leaving the damaged Tvrdalj to his children who made slow progress on repairs and improvements. The Castle has seen improvements in periods since. It is now well preserved with one of its main focal points being the seawater fish pool and courtyard.

Getting there

The castle is in the town of Stari Grad on the island and is accessible by bus to the town or by taxi when you're on the island of Hvar (accessible by boat).

Opening Times and Admission

The castle is open to the public during set times 10am-1pm and 5pm-8.30pm and there is a small admission fee, which will get you into the castle and will enable you to a guide who can give you the history of the castle and any further information you require.

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