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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 old town. It seems to be in Rome while being surrounded by the Adriatic Sea. Not to be missed.
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  • Beautiful historic centre, with its shops and restaurants. Season performances occur with soldiers and watch changes. Very pretty.
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  • Great history mixed with variety of domestic handicraft retail shops. Often has entertainment venues throughout the summer months. Well worth the time and easy to walk and explore. 
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  • good to hang around, amazing to notice that people actually live inside Diocletian Palace, a huge and well preserved area. 2 times there, in ten years, lot of pubs/restaurants/activities all around the port area ! possibility to visit all day long, 24/7. strongly suggested
  • You can take a visit to the palace and see the lower level that still remains intact (the structure that is), you can visit the cellars and see where the servants used to sleep. From the outside you can appreciate the beauty of the palace in what many people believe is the original entrance but in reality is just a patio entrance to the palace. The palace used to take up most of Split's downtown area, so it is normal to find random sculpture remains as you walk about town. Totally reccommended! If you choose to visit the palace you will have to pay 20 Kuna if you're a student or 40 Kuna if you're not, so keep that in mind!
  • Great history and its kept in great condition. Good visit during the day or night (live music at night). Maybe she you pay to go up the tower
  • Amazing place filled with artisan shops, market and museums. Went into the Cathedral, crypt, bell tower and Jupiter's Temple/baptistry for a very reasonable price though the bell tower trip is not for the faint hearted (it would not pass any British health and safety guidelines!). The highlight for me was hearing a Dalmatian accapela group sing in one of the roofless round towers.
  • The main site to see when you are in Split. You can just feel the energy of this old and beautiful palace. It's a number one must to see when you come here. Only downside is that because of it's popularity it is almost always swarming with tourists during summer season.