Split City, Croatia
According to top-mba-universities, the Croatian city of Split was built around Diocletian’s Palace. The palace is a huge one building which the Roman emperor had built between the years 295 and 305. The emperor also spent the last years of his life here.
Long after the magnificent building was abandoned, the first residents of Split settled within the palace walls in the seventh century.
The city’s impressive and interesting history is closely related to the Roman palace that built the landmark of the city and today actually forms the old town.
Anyone who is out and about in Split will find traces of the ancient Romans almost everywhere. For that reason alone, a visit to the second largest city in Croatia is worthwhile.
In any case, you can be sure that you will spend an interesting holiday in Split, as the Croatian city has a wide range of attractions to offer its visitors.
Anyone who spends their vacation in Split should especially see the old town. Both are characterized by the gigantic Diocletian’s Palace, which can be easily reached via the western exit on Volksplatz. But not only the palace is the highlight of the old town, also the Sveti Duje cathedral and the Podrumi. All highlights are part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.
Another special place in the city is the Trg Brace Radica. In the square of the Radic brothers there is a huge monument that is the work of the famous artist Ivan Mestrovic. It was built in honor of Marko Marulic. Other interesting buildings on the square are the defense tower and the Milesi Palace.
Other places of interest in the city are Riva and the People’s Square.
And now to the absolute highlight and landmark of the city, the Diocletian’s Palace. The relic of the Roman period has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. The magnificent palace was built between the years 295 and 305 on the orders of the Roman emperor Diocletian.
In its original state, the palace was a building made from elements of Roman palace and villa architecture. Components of sacred, urban and military architecture could also be found on the palace.
The bell tower of Split is also worth seeing. The tower is right next to the palace mausoleum. It can be climbed, although people who are afraid of heights should stay below as there is hardly any security up there. But the view from the tower is really breathtaking and certainly worth the risk. Podrumi is for those who love secrets an absolute must. Podrumi is a system of many corridors that run directly under the Dikletian’s Palace. Anyone who has the courage to explore Podrumi will be delighted. At its end there is an impressive colonnaded courtyard, the peristyle.
The town hall is also worth seeing. It is right next to the palace in a beautiful main square. The town hall is part of the UNESO world cultural heritage. The statue of Grgur Ninski is also worth a visit.
Museum lovers will be delighted with Split, as there are quite a number of interesting museums to explore here, such as the Archaeological Museum, the Ethnographic Museum, the Mestrovic Gallery, the Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum.
During a vacation in Split, you don’t have to neglect the arts and culture, as the city has three theaters to offer, the Gradsko Kazaliste Mladih, Gradsko Kazaliste Lutaka and the Croatian National Theater Split.
Tourists who are interested in old sacred buildings will definitely not miss out in Split. You should definitely visit the Franciscan monastery of Sv. Ante not to be missed. The monastery was founded by the Franciscan monastery in the fifteenth century. The highlights of the monastery are the cloister, which is still in good condition, and the exciting art collection. The magnificent winged altar shows St. Dominius, the patron saint of Split. The Trinity Church
is also worth seeing. It stands near the Poljud Stadium and dates from the eighth and ninth centuries. The six semicircular apses are particularly impressive. Another sacred building in Split is located in the Diocletian’s Palace. This is the Sveti Duje Cathedral. In ancient times, the cathedral served the purpose of a mausoleum.
Marjan Park is the right place for those who want to relax after long exploratory tours. This is a small mountain that overlooks Split’s old town. There is a nature park on the mountain, which is a well-known local recreation center. Many leisure activities are possible on the mountain, such as hiking, tennis and jogging, and the city’s zoo is also located here. So there is a lot on offer here. Another green area in Split that is worth a visit is the city park. The zoological garden is also worth a visit. Here you can find out more about the local fauna, but also about non-native animals.
Because Split is right on the Adriatic Sea is located, there is also a lot on offer for beach holidaymakers.