Diocletian's Palace

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almond72 almond72
19 reviews
Great City Views from Bell Tower May 05, 2015
Admission : 45kn (2015-May)

Covers : Cathedral of St Domnius, Treasury, Temple of Jupiter, Crypt, Bell Tower

This is effectively the old part of the town of Split. When inside the palace walls, you will love the stone walls and streets. Get ready to be lost navigating the streets. lol. I think they were made to be confusing in case any enemy made it in.

The Roman Emperor Diocletian (ruling from 284 to 305 CE) reformed the government in the late Roman Empire and established the Tetrarchy. (as if a Monarchy wasn't confusing & troublesome enough)

The combined ticket is great for the Bell Tower (wooo - look at the beautiful sea & ships !), the Temple of Jupiter & Treasury. The Crypt is not that impressive but suitably chilly.
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tj1777 tj1777
379 reviews
Living old palace Aug 31, 2014
If you ever visit Split you will undoubtedly end up spending a good bit of your time exploring the palace. Most of the old center of Split is the Diocletian Palace which today houses a lot of local life with restaurants, shops and street sellers everywhere. So the palace isn’t just a tourist attraction - it is indeed the heart of the old town in Split.

The palace is built behind tall walls which surrounds it on all sides one of them facing down to the harbor in Split where all the seaside restaurants are located today.

The palace is a huge construction originally made by the emperor Diocletian. The walls of the palace are 215 meters by 181 meters and they are quite tall towering 26 meters at the highest point. What you see today isn’t all from the roman days - much of the palace was reconstructed and modernized back in the Middle Ages but the town has remained living from the day of the foundation of the palace till today.

Just walk through one of the gates and you can enjoy the life inside this old palace - along with the other tourist renting an apartment inside the walls of the palace or the 3.000 local residents who live in some of the 220 buildings inside the walls of the palace.
The old walls
Column inside at a basilica
Square inside the palace
Church inside the palace area
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vixen2306 says:
One of the most beautifully located old towns in Croatia and a great place to visit especially on a sunny day.
Posted on: Nov 20, 2014
westwind57 says:
Great, and good that you mention it is not just an attraction but integrated part of the old town
Posted on: Nov 16, 2014
Mesven Mesven
8 reviews
Top Attraction in Split May 19, 2011
The Palace of the Diocletian, the first Roman Emperor to voluntarily leave office, is Split’s major attraction. The monumental structure was built in the manner of a military fortress and faces the Adriatic Sea on its south side. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is now a commercial and residential center and is the most complete remains of a Roman palace in the world. You’ll find some interesting places to eat and shop there. Guided tours are available, but you can just wander about on your own if you have a decent guidebook.
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Eric Eric
408 reviews
Jul 10, 2006
This massive stone building used to be a residence for the Roman emperor Diocletian. Although it was built over 1500 years ago, most of the structure is remarkably intact, and the imposing walls of the palace are one of the first features one notices when arriving at Split via ferry. The inside of the palace is a cavernous space filledwith souvenir shops and vendors hawking their wares, but there are also a few "exhibits" worth visiting. Most notable among these are the cellars, a vast expanse of large, cold stone rooms underneath the palace. The rooms are empty save for a few archeological exhibits, but are worth exploring anyway just to get a feel for the architecture. There are informational signs describing the palace in English, but they begin to repeat themselves after a while and are a bit difficult to follow, so it might be worthwhile to research information on the palace beforehand if you want to get the most out of your visit.

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