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. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Split trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • Unlike many architectural ruins, the palace walls still have homes and places of work within them. Fantastic place to visit.  more »
  • a must see if you are in Split. We did a guided tour which I suggest is the most interesting way to visit the Palace. You need to understand what you are looking at, otherwise it could just be an empt...  more »
  • Although a different type of walk through the past. Not a very compelling place to visit. The structure has some interesting points about early types of building. It also showed the grandiose ideas of...  more »
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  • It's a very pretty old town. You can feel the history by strolling around or sitting in the square by evening time with live music. We were lucky to receive the welcoming of the local "ruler", in a language that we could not understand lol. Good that he also knew some English ;) The down side is of course, since the city is so famous among the tourists, every single thing in the vicinity is designed and built with the sole purpose of earning money off the tourists. This took away some of the authenticity of the experience...
  • This is a must see in Split and pretty hard to miss as it makes up half of the old city. 😉 Buy the red ticket (€6) and get entry to both treasury, cathedral, temple, bell tower (most amazing view of Split) and church crypt. Set aside around 4h if you want to see it all or just enjoy the buildings from the outside or sit in the main place of the palace and have a coffee while looking at the old Egyptian columns and phinx from 3500BC. It's not without reason this place is on the UNESCO World Heritage site list. Children will enjoy to have their picture taken with the Roman soldiers in the yard. I find this place equally suited for families with or without children. Access is very difficult with a stroller or wheelchair. To the bell tower there are very strap steps and tiny staircases to bypass so you you are not fit or very big access is not possible. Parking around the palace is very limited so the best is to take a bus. The main bus station is just a few minutes walk from there.
  • Amazing views of ruins of Diocletian's Palace. Some walls are still looking great after all these years. Great architecture. It's great how it forms part of the current town and city life. Love the atmosphere and life around the palace. Not to be missed.
  • Lovely fantastic place... full of history..... the palace ya small but is worth it visit.... you can always buy I combine ticket for the palace and bell tower of the cathedral. Try to arrive around 12 noon to enjoy the Roman show. I love Split never tired of the lovely city
  • We have been to many old towns and this one still has a lot of character from its past. There are places hidden throughout including an underground market (which is a good place to cool down and browse). There are numerous places to eat and drink, and lots of areas to explore. This place is very touristy so keep that in mind. You will be surrounded by people going slow or taking pictures.
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