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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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  • Beautiful and well preserved the Diocletian's Palace, summer residence of the Roman Emperor! The narrow inside opening in beautiful squares, narrow streets, and noble palaces all maintained exceptionally. A recommendation is to visit the Palace and the town during the months preceding the July and August tourist ondara fove it is difficult to see and appreciate any of this
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  • The Palace is an amazing authenticity. Unlike the archaeological sites or ruins visited other countries we look from a distance, to split the palace is a living space operated by residents loved this place!
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  • These are the remains of Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace, which is now populated by over 300 shops, bars and restaurants. Impressive stonework and a huge statue, in bronze, of Gregory of Nin. No I d...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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Split and its surrounding area boast an extensive system of private accommodations for rent, which range from simply furnished rooms to elegantly outfitted multi-room apartments. Many locals approach travelers at the main bus station with offers of available lodgings, but before you agree to anything, make sure you know the room's exact location in reference to the town center. For something more luxurious, check out the city's four- and five-star hotels, or consider an elegant villa a walk away from the major sights.
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