Diocletian’s Palace

World famous Diocletian’s palace is located in the heart of the Split. This valuable palace is an exceptional ancient medieval monument, which is very well preserved to this day. The entire palace as part of the historic center was included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in Europe since 1979. The palace was built by the Roman Emperor Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletian. The Palace was built for the purpose of summer in which the emperor was planning to spend his old age, due to the mild climate and nearby hot springs, which are enriched with sulfur. This palace was built with different materials from all over the world. At this palace can be found famous Brac stone, interesting sphinx from distant Egypt, and marble from Italy.

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The palace is surrounded with a huge walls and has four entrances, three from the land side, and onr entrance from the sea. Eastern and western land port are known worldwide as the silver doors, southern called brass doors, while the north door, which are also the main entrance to the palace called the golden door. The palace has in the past been functionally divided into two parts, the northern part was intended for servants and soldiers, while in the southern part of the palace stayed members of the imperial family. If you walk trought the narrow street from the Golden Gate you will come to a large open space called the Peristyle. This space is surrounded by stone cascades and is located right in front of Emperor’s residence. The entire palace can serve as an excellent scenic and actual proof stunning Roman architecture that defies time. After the death of Emperor Diocletian’s life in the palace continued. As an important event in the history of the mentioned drop Salone, when it expelled the population found refuge within the walls of this fascinating palace. It was then that began to urban life in the palace and the city of Split began to slowly develop.

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From the 12th to the 14th century remains of Roman buildings began to replace the medieval stone houses. Mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian was turned into Christian cathedral that its beauty, uniqueness and breath of history attracts many tourists.It began then the construction of the bell tower of fascinating St. Duje, that its beauty extends far into the clouds. Andrija Buvina and Juraj Dalmatinac were the main creators of the beautiful cathedral and bell tower. Within the whole palace, the bell tower, the cathedral find the elements of romantic art.