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. Planning Split trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.
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  • Historic old place, really nice to walk around for an hour or 2. Many shops to visit too, and we did a walking tour using our phones to learn more about the history of the Diocletian's Palace area 
    Historic old place, really nice to walk around for an hour or 2. Many shops to visit too, and we did a walking tour using our phones to learn more about the history of the Diocletian's Palace area  more »
  • Aside from being one of the best preserved complexes of Roman architecture in the world, these substructures also reveal the design of the emperor’s residence, which, itself, did not survive. Upon.....  more
    Aside from being one of the best preserved complexes of Roman architecture in the world, these substructures also reveal the design of the emperor’s residence, which, itself, did not survive. Upon.....  more »
  • The Palazzo di Diocleziano is an essential part of Split to visit. It is beautiful. The food market is especially delightful, get something cheap to eat. 
    The Palazzo di Diocleziano is an essential part of Split to visit. It is beautiful. The food market is especially delightful, get something cheap to eat.  more »
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  • I would say that this is one of the most unique places that I have ever seen! Trough it you can see whole history of medieval Croatia. Originally it was built by Emperor of Roman Empire Diocletian. He separated empire in four parts and resigned to live his life in peace. Entire town on 10000 people was built for him. He lived and died peacefully here. Than this building was used as court house. In early medieval era it was captured by barbarians than Slavs, than Venetians, Hungarians, French, Austrians and finally independent. You can feel all this standing in center of square. Old temples of Roman times became Christina temples; materials stones and blocks were used to build small houses of Medieval period. Massive ancient walls now host apartments and stores and Sphinx captured from Egypt lie near entrance to restaurants. Visit it and see how one place can be inhabited and incorporated by so many cultures! Diocletian place is about culture and about Europe itself!
  • Try to wake up early in the morning or late in the night to really enjoy this marvelous piece of architecture without tourists around
  • Lots to see and many turns leaving you lost or feeling like you're going around in circles! People still live in the sectioned off rooms in the palace! Best time to go is just before sunset and then watch the sun set through the arches in the far back facing the sea
  • The "old town" of Split, and old palace now merged with the city, it's and incredible place to explore, walk all over the streets, found the good restaurants and ice cream shops, take a drink a nice meal, and keep exploring, a walk is recommended by day and night, by day you can purchase entrance to the cathedral, Jupiter's temple, the crypt, museum and the big watch tower from where you will be able to see the whole city, the great Adriatic see and even some close islands, you can get a ticket only for the watch tower if you want, or the package for all this main attractions which I recommend, also you will learn some history, enjoy your time on the nice small streets of this palace, be safe, and have fun ;)!
  • A beautiful piece of history that is free to explore. Lovely to be able to roam around. Unfortunately this hasn't been kept as well as other Croatian buildings around the country so was quite underwhelming, especially after coming from Dubrovnik.

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