Split is a Mediterranean city located on a peninsula, under the Marjan hill in the center of Dalmatia.
Do you know that the unique centre of Split,which is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage, has risen on the foundation of the summer villa of the Emperor Diocletian in 305? Although 17 centuries of undisturbed life within the walls has resulted in many primal works such as the Emperor’s mausoleum which was later incorporated into the cathedral of Sv. Duje [St. Duje], Diocletian’s palace is today the true symbol of Split. If you go a little further on, you will discover one more jewel on the UNESCO cultural heritage list: the town of Trogir often called the town of museums.
There are also the islands of the Split archipelago here: the island of Brac with its beautiful white stone and tradition of sculpture workshops, as well as sunny Hvar with the largest square on both sides of the Adriatic, the first communal theatre in Europe that was built in 1612, an arsenal and the celebrated Tvrdalj palace that belonged to the humanist, poet and philosopher Petar Hektorović.
The Emperor’s Palace is one of the most significant works of late-ancient architecture, not just for the preservation of original parts and the whole, but also for a series of original architectural forms announcing the new early-Christian, Byzantine and early-medieval art.
The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages by using materials from an ancient mausoleum. Roman churches from the 12th and 13th centuries, medieval forts and gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces are contained within the Roman walls, thus creating a harmonious whole.
Uncover Split’s rich past and colorful present on this 4-hour walking tour with a local guide. Visit the UNESCO-listed Diocletian’s Palace and hear about the rags-to-riches emperor who built this awe-inspiring palace.