Some 1,700 years on, the Emperor Diocletian would still recognise his palace – or the shell of it, at least. This vast, rectangular complex fell into disuse in the sixth century, 300 years after its construction as a grand retirement home by the locally born leader of the Imperial Guard. In AD 614 refugees flooded…
Katedral Sveti Duje
Once the site of Diocletian‘s mausoleum, and still guarded by a granite sphinx from ancient Egypt, this octagonal building was converted into a church by the refugees from Salona. Through the Middle Ages, it was given finely carved doors, an equally beautiful pulpit and eventually a belltower offering a panoramic view of the palace. The…
Kraj Sv Duje More info
Nicely located on Marjan hill, this low-key attraction offers something to take the kids to Split. It’s more of a farm than a fully blown zoological garden as you’d find in Zagreb, but the sundry domestic creatures – birds of prey, wolves – provide a mildly diverting hour or two.
Kolombatičevo šetalište 2 More info
This major landmark stands just outside the northern wall of the Diocletian’s Palace. It depicts Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin) in a characteristic pose, book in hand – this medieval clergyman was an early pioneer and promoter of the Slavic language for use in church. Renowned sculptor Ivan Meštrović was responsible for this imposing figure,…