03 Nov Explore ancient Split
Did you know the story of Split is 17 centuries old?
1700 years ago Roman emperor Diocletian decided to build his summer palace at, what he thought was, the most beautiful place on the earth! It took about 10 years to construct his retirement palace on this spot where the mountains meet the Adriatic Sea on the Dalmatian coastline. A living museum, Diocletian’s Palace is the centerpiece of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. A city emerged in and around the palace, and miraculously it’s stil there today.
In fact, in 1979 Diocletian’s palace and the city’s historic centre were added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The most interesting parts is that all historical layers from the old Rome are still visible and alive in this structure.
Square in plan, the palace has four monumental gates, three from the land and one which originally opened directly onto the water.
Within the walls, things to see include the magnificent Peristyle where you’ll also find the Cathedral of St. Domnius with its elegant bell-tower. It is one of the best preserved ancient Roman buildings still standing today. Located in the heart of Split, the Cathedral of St Domnius was originally the Mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian who died in Split in 316. If you have the time, climb up the bell tower for a spectacular view.
Outside the Palace’s southern walls is Split’s seaside promenade, Riva, a prime people-watching spot. It is the main place for relaxation, walking, drinking coffee but also a venue for various cultural, sports and entertaining events. Views from the Riva across the harbour to the islands beyond are spectacular. Today this promenade is the cities living room, the most popular and most important public place in Split.
Good news for “Game of Thrones” fans! The ancient ruins of Diocletian’s palace appear as the former slave city of Meereen. Tour the sights where Game of Thrones filmed in and around Split. There’s also an amazing GoT souvenir shop in Split Old Town.
Split is all about the beaches, clean and worth a visit. Lying back on a beach chair and enjoying warm afternoon is a part of daily life in the city. But besides glorious architectural scenery, Split is also a venue for excellent gourmet and wine experiences, numerous cultural happenings like theatre festivals, exhibitions and great museums.
Moreover, Split is a great base to take day trips to surrounding islands and national parks. Because of breathtaking scenery, mediterranean climate and mouthwatering cuisine proud citizens of Split have a saying “There is no place like Split”.
Go back in time and enjoy your stay inside a piece of history!