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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  • The first royal palace in Davis is the most important relic in the country, and the entire palace remains a small city in a palace, the ancient capital of the Imperial Palace, which was first worn by the Emperor of Rome, has so far remained perfect, from the various meanings of gold, silver, bronze, iron, the Saint-Michel Church, the royal palace, and so on, Beautifully carved and splendid colonnade, it is clear that the palace of the Imperial Times, the Imperial Palace of Rome, the absolute wind.
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  • Learning about the Romans and Diocletian was fascinating. It was interesting to walk through the palace and see how the Romans built and constructed structures. We learned a lot about their advanced t...  more »
  • Walking there is like walking back in history for sure.Every detail you see is unique and so special. It can take hours to see every special part there.Great in the night to watch the lights and feel ...  more »
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  • Not a palace nor a museum but the city's living heart. Diocletian's Palace was the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, an extraordinary example of well preserved monuments of the Roman architecture. The Palace was built as a combination of retirement residence of Diocletian and other buildings, intended for housing military garrison. At that time, Split was only four miles far from Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Nowadays, don’t expect a palace though, nor a museum as this is the city's living heart (moreover, around 3.000 people permanently live “in the palace” today) and probably you will spend most of your time while in Split here (or at the beach) since its labyrinthine streets offer a wide array of restaurants, bars and shops.
  • Historical, very nicely renovated all around. All the tourists in Split visit this place so it can get pretty packed... Wear good shoes if it’s raining since the slick streets can get very slippery. Nice restaurants inside the palace too.
  • This is a unique place in the world. The centre of the city with population of about 300,000 inhabitants, is in fact, an actual Roman palace, built by emperor Diocletian in the turn of 2nd to 3rd century CE. It's pretty well preserved and original Roman streets, buildings and temples are still very visible. The place looks like magic/miracle. Enjoy ...
  • Very beautiful piece of history, middle passage now serves as a souvenir market, some parts of the original palace are now residential buildings, streets of central Split, etc. The preserved part is mainly empty ruin, but still it gives you a feeling of past grandeur. I highly recommend exploring all parts of the museum, and then all areas around it, the "used to be" part. For photography you may want to use your wide angle lens.
  • Historic retirement palace of emperor diocletion Interesting square. Interesting to see the collaboration of christian church and old Greco-Roman religion.
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