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 city offers a very well-preserved historic district, where stands the Palace. Walk through its streets to the Bay, enjoy the proximity of the sea and choose a cruise to the Islands. Recommend ...
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  • Sigora is a sample of the prosperous era who lived in Split. Though it looks omoiomorfoso space and always has the world. Neither MI akathari photo, to grasp how the world had. However, definitely should pass and from here!!!
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  • It's great to visit this magical place well preserved where it traveled for centuries so many characters and was an important part of the events of the Western world. It is essential to reach the main square before noon to meet with "Emperor Diocleciano" in person with his guard, addressing the crowd. Charming detail
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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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