Grgur Ninski Statue
Grgur Ninski Statue
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  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia5,485 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice imposing statue with another tale of rubbing something(a toe) for good luck
    What was starting to annoy me was a lot of statues / monuments that now people are starting to rub as good luck or touching as it will bring you back to the place. A direct rip off from the Trevi fountain in Rome and this was another one with that, having to rub the toe. I couldn't find any historical information to back the theory. As statues go, I actually liked it as it was a strong and imposing statue located just outside the Golden gate of the Diocletian's palace. The Croatian Bishop fought for Croatian language to be used in the churches. Good for a photo and your choice as to rubbing his toe for luck if you believe in that.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rub the toe for good luck
    Just outside the Golden Gate one can find another one of Meštrović’s work (they are all over the city and a visit to his museum is worthwhile). At 8.5 meters high, this bronze mammoth use to stand in the Peristyle before it was moved during WWII when the Italian occupiers attempted to cleanse the centre of Split of anything resembling a Croatian national symbol. The gigantic statue of the 10th century Bishop Grgur Ninski was completed in 1929 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Synod of Split, at which Grgur (Gregory), Bishop of Nin, fought for the right to use Croatian in the liturgy instead of Latin. The church remained adamant that all services must be delivered in Latin, even at a time when many priests did not speak or understand the language. Gregory became an important figure for Croatians and is now regarded as a historical defender of Croatian culture, language, and statehood. Gregory is deep bronze in color, apart from one of his big toes, which has turned golden by decades of constant rubbing. Croatians are taught from an early age that rubbing Gregory’s big toe will grant them their wish, and he has been credited with births, weddings, and riches. Each day hundreds of people stop to rub the toe, before venturing through the Golden Gate into the walled enclosure of the city.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,308 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imposing statue
    This statue of Gregory of Nin is just outside the Golden Gate (northern entrance to Diocletian's palace). It's on a pedestal and very large and imposing. We took a photo and enjoyed a minute or two learning about Gregory and taking it in.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain21,167 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big and impressive statue
    Grgur Ninski Statue is a big statue to remember this important bishop of the region and it is located close to the walls of the old town of Split, in Dalmatian Coast. In fact, it was an important bishop, because he wanted to introduce the local language in mass and he had to fight against the Pope. The statue is big and impressive, really it is impossible not to see it.
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,342 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive monument to important local men
    You cannot miss it when leaving Diocletian's Palace at Golden Gate - the statue is huge. Dedicated to medieval bishop who opposed use of Latin in the church and wanted use of Croatian language. Many tourists, and locals, are rubbing his big toe for good luck.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Aidan R
    12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Symbolic Stop in Split’s Heart
    The Grgur Ninski Statue in Split is an iconic historic site that stands as a symbol of local identity and tradition. The impressive bronze statue of Bishop Gregory of Nin is a striking sight, and rubbing his toe for good luck is a fun tradition that many visitors partake in. While the statue itself is noteworthy and the surrounding square is lively, I found the experience somewhat brief. A bit more historical context or interpretive information would have enriched the visit. Nevertheless, it's a unique and culturally significant spot in Split that's worth a visit, and it's conveniently located near other attractions in the city center.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,974 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large, interesting statue - worth a pic
    This is a large iconic bronze statue outside the Golden Gate where a number of the walking tours start. It is also a nice place to walk around with a park and a small waterfall in the wall where you can kneel down on one side and your friends/family on the other and take a few pictures through the waterfall. The statue and surrounding area are worth a quick visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 16, 2024
  • 301lisa33
    Coventry, United Kingdom1,941 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unusual in style
    This statue is huge at 7m and is quite unusual in style - it could represent a character from say Lord of the Rings. It is just possible to see where it was cut into 4 pieces to hide during the recent war. It has become 'the thing to do' to rub his toe - which is high glass as a result. It is located just to the north of the Palace by its walls
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 7, 2024
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TOMOSUMIC
Trogir, Croatia816 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The whole of Split is in a winter dream.
I like to walk around Split at this time of the year, because there are no tourists and everything is somewhat calm. Today there was a girl in front of the monument and she played some beautiful old Dalmatian songs.
This was my first stop and my first photos. now I'm going to the center of Diocletian's palace.
Written February 5, 2023
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK1,058 contributions
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Jun 2022
We visited the statue of Grgur Ninski in Split whilst on a one day stop in the city on a Tuesday in June. Arriving on a cruise ship, we had opted to explore the port on our own as we had previously visited here about three years ago.
The striking statue is located close by the Golden Gate of the Palace of Diocletian and towers over the small square. The statue commemorates a medieval Croatian bishop and rubbing his left, big toe is said to bring good luck and indeed this toe is noticeably very shiny and worn smooth by visitors. If you wish to get a clear picture of the statue you will have to be patient as it is a popular draw with tourist to the city all of whom want to stroke the toe.
Written July 19, 2022
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,613 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Just outside the Golden Gate one can find another one of Meštrović’s work (they are all over the city and a visit to his museum is worthwhile).

At 8.5 meters high, this bronze mammoth use to stand in the Peristyle before it was moved during WWII when the Italian occupiers attempted to cleanse the centre of Split of anything resembling a Croatian national symbol.

The gigantic statue of the 10th century Bishop Grgur Ninski was completed in 1929 to mark the thousandth anniversary of the Synod of Split, at which Grgur (Gregory), Bishop of Nin, fought for the right to use Croatian in the liturgy instead of Latin.

The church remained adamant that all services must be delivered in Latin, even at a time when many priests did not speak or understand the language.

Gregory became an important figure for Croatians and is now regarded as a historical defender of Croatian culture, language, and statehood.

Gregory is deep bronze in color, apart from one of his big toes, which has turned golden by decades of constant rubbing. Croatians are taught from an early age that rubbing Gregory’s big toe will grant them their wish, and he has been credited with births, weddings, and riches. Each day hundreds of people stop to rub the toe, before venturing through the Golden Gate into the walled enclosure of the city.
Written July 26, 2023
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trvldawn
Cherry Hill, NJ112 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
Unexpected surprise. Touched the toe for good luck. The statue is huge. Fun thing to see. As a Roman Catholic, I applaud the Bishop’s stand on bringing the mass to his people in their native language…..a man way ahead of his time.
Written April 7, 2023
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Sean W
London, UK823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
The statue of Gregory of Nin (Grgur Ninski) next to the Diocletian's Palace Golden Gate. This enormous Mestrovic' statue is supposed to bring luck to those who rub its toe. Some say ten years other say twenty years but either way its a lot of luck.
Written September 25, 2022
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Big_Jeff_Leo
St Helens, UK22,648 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Sculpted by Ivan Meštrović, this gargantuan statue is one of the defining images of Split. Its subject, a 10th-century Croatian bishop, fought for the right to use old Croatian in liturgical services instead of Latin. Notice that his left big toe has been polished to a shine – it’s said that rubbing the toe brings good luck.
Written June 15, 2022
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Sunilein
Hamburg, Germany32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Friends
I rubbed it. I rubbed it hard!
The statue is a wonderful piece of art and the surroundings is a great place to soak up the historic scene and vibe of Split. It's definitely worth visiting. Give the toe a big rub and let it do its magic. :)
Written April 16, 2022
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jbg74
Saint Paul, MN1,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is a cool statue right outside the gold gate of Diocletian's Palace. It looks like a wizard casting a spell. The sculptor is by a famous Croatian artist - Ivan Meštrović. This bishop introduced the Croatian language into Catholic worship services and promoted the Croatian language.
Written June 10, 2021
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Aidan R
12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The Grgur Ninski Statue in Split is an iconic historic site that stands as a symbol of local identity and tradition. The impressive bronze statue of Bishop Gregory of Nin is a striking sight, and rubbing his toe for good luck is a fun tradition that many visitors partake in. While the statue itself is noteworthy and the surrounding square is lively, I found the experience somewhat brief. A bit more historical context or interpretive information would have enriched the visit. Nevertheless, it's a unique and culturally significant spot in Split that's worth a visit, and it's conveniently located near other attractions in the city center.
Written October 7, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,730 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This monument is a tribute to Gregory of Nin, a mediaeval bishop of Nin who introduced the Croatian language into church services. The monument is a larger than life statue of Gregory of Nin. The sculpture is monumental and does feel inspiring, with the bishop standing in a pose suggestive of victory.
Written May 29, 2023
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