Diocletian's Palace, Split

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In the heart of the city look for the ruins of Diocletian's Palace--a significant example of Roman architecture and a World Heritage Site. Between 295 and 305 CE, the Roman Emperor built the palace near his birthplace as his retirement home. Walk under the Silver Gate and enter the the Peristyle, the central open-air area. Opposite the gate is the medieval church of St. Dominic, formerly Diocletian's Mausoleum. Admire the excavated remains of the palace's basement. Look for the two granite sphinxes, which Diocletian brought from Egypt. One is still on the Peristyle, and the second sits headless in front of Jupiter's temple. Before you head to Split, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Split trip builder, to make sure you see all that Split has to offer, including Diocletian's Palace.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This place is just WOW. You are able to learn about the history of Croatia and feel it just by walking through the place. It makes you feel so tiny in the world and that you know so little about this ...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Quite an amazing building with lots of gold artefacts and high ceilings. There is also a dungeon but there isn't much down there. You can wander around the streets and part of it goes underground wher...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    The walls of the building coincide with the old town of split, and it's great to walk through the alleys. The best part is that the modern are seamlessly with the story, inside there are all kinds of activities between shops, bars and restaurants, even the bar located in the peristyle of the request uses the same steps as chairs and tables, the bad is that maybe so sooner or later you will have a fast decay than it is a charming vestige of the past. So for those who pass around a jump is due.
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  • May 18, 2017
    The Old Town is my favorite part of Split. The palace was impressive and it somewhat reminded me of Rome. Very beautiful! The best time to visit the palace (square) is during the evening, because you can find many people sitting on the stairs of the peristyle with a glass of wine or some ice cream and usually there is live music. Sometimes the peristyle turns into a dance floor!
  • July 2, 2017
    The old town is specially beautifully lit at night. Very unique in its own way. cafe's and restaurants open till late morning hours. Lot of live music at different places. This place rocks.
  • June 21, 2017
    A nice example of a Mediterranean town. Not overly large with lots of history. Reminds me a lot of Venice in the old town. Quite a hike to the top if the bell tower but great views when you get to the top.
  • July 4, 2017
    A tad sad seeing how much graffiti there is on this 4th century wonder. Live music and a swaying crowd every evening in the main square. Worth taking a walk through the tunnels which was where ships used to sail into the fort from the sea.
  • May 30, 2017
    Great place to visit in Split. Main hub of split with plenty of bars and restaurants. Can spend ages in here looking around and walking up the many side streets to find a little restaurant or bar hidden away . Great place .

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