Your bucket list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites can’t be complete without visiting Split and palace build by Roman emperor Diocletian.
So, if you are not sure where that is, Split is the largest city in Dalmatia, on the coastline of the Republic of Croatia (discover).
Diocletian’s palace is surrounded by numerous restaurants from which terrace’s you can hear at any time sounds of several dozen different languages spoken by numerous tourists who are enjoying Mediterranean cuisine mixed with local Dalmatian flavors.
An entrance in to Diocletian’s Palace can be found on the Riva promenade, very busy with locals and tourists part of Split, right on the shores of the Adriatic sea, within walking distance from the Port of Split. What once was an enormous palace serving needs of a retired Emperor and his staff, today can be explored above ground as well as underground. Substructure of the palace is showcasing number of artifacts in countless rooms where you can easily spend few hours wondering around. Once you find your way out, stairs will lead you up and out on the courtyard of the palace and on to the streets Romans walked on until millennium-and-a-half ago.
At the turn of the 4th century Roman emperor Diocletian had build palace he retired to, just four kilometers away from Salona, then the main city of the Roman province of Dalmatia. Throughout the centuries palace got incorporated into what has become Split, home to around 200,000 inhabitants.
In summer months Split is the final destination for many tourists, mainly European, while for others port of Split serves as a transition hub offering ferry connections to near by Adriatic islands and even to Ancona in Italy. Split is also connected to the rest of the World via air, train and bus.
Diocletian’s palace and Splitska riva photo gallery
Diocletian’s palace, just as Salona or Pula Arena amphitheater, are just some of the large number of archaeological sites left behind by Romans and are scattered throughout Croatia, places worth adding to anyone’s bucket list, especially if you are spending your vacation in some of the towns or islands along the Adriatic coast and Dalmatia.
Any day is a good day to excuse yourself from a beach just to walk the streets Roman sandals started polishing 1,700 years ago.
Video clip featuring Diocletian’s Palace…
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