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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  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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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  • I went to palace of Diocletian in November, it was raining lots but it was so worth seeing. Be prepared to travel back in time! There was also not very many tourist during this time, which was great! You have the freedom to walk around/stay wherever you like. There is also shops built in inside the palace; some are modern unfortunately which don't fit in just right. Other than that, it's a must see !
  • An amazing mix of ancient Roman, Medieval, and Modern. In one square you can see part of the ancient wall, a medieval addition, a Hapsburg-style building and a Venetian-style building. All of these reflect the history of this area. It's a lively old town and World Heritage Site. I visited it in early November.
  • The funny thing is - you can be inside the palace and not know it. Which is exactly what happened to my friends and me on a holiday. A part of the old town of Split is actually located inside the palace. The South Wall of the palace overlooks the Riva or the promenade, and has some cool restaurants and cafes near the windows on the first floor. A normal town inside the palace is actually a pretty cool concept if you think about it!
  • Beautiful but packed in peak season and in low season. Lots of tour groups during the morning and afternoon. Avoid until early evening for a wander. Come here at night with a craft beer from Marta’s and listen to the live music every night. It’s always an amazing set and setting.
  • Set aside a few hours to wander the grounds of the palace complex and take in some of the sites. The Church of St. Domnius is worth a visit, as is the crypt of St. Lucy beneath it. The cellars of the palace are uniquely impressive, both aesthetically and historically. The squares and gates of the palace are always busy with activity, and there is great (if tourist-centric) shopping everywhere.

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