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Split, a true Gem of the Adriatic

 

 

 

Split, Croatia's Dalmatian Capital  

Split is home to Diocletian’s Palace that was built in 305 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, UNESCO-listed World Heritage site
Dubrovnik is the darling of the Dalmatian Coast.

  

And there is also Split, the second largest city in Croatia, after Zagreb, bustling with over 200,000 people.

It is also known as the largest Croatian city on the Adriatic coast of beautiful Dalmatia.  
 

 

Split is busy and big, but it remains one of the Adriatic's most vibrant port cities, stunningly located between mountains and sea

 

Split is widely known for its beaches, great history background and being the right place to see Dalmatian life lived by Croatians at its fullest. 

While most of Dalmatian coastal towns seem made for tourists, Split is real and vibrant. Today's Split throbs to a modern, youthful beat.

 

And its history goes way back - all the way to the Roman Empire.

 

It is worth noting that Split has some of the best Roman ruins outside of Italy

In the 4th century A.D., the Roman Emperor Diocletian (245-313) wanted to retire in his native Dalmatia, so he built a huge fortified palace here. Now the main attraction in Croatia. 


The Diocletian's Palace is the largest and best-preserved fortress-like complex left from the Roman world. Today the Palace forms about half of the Old Town and city center of Split.

 

Overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the Palace has four monumental gates, three from the land, and one which originally opened directly onto the water.

Within the walls, things to see include the magnificent Peristyle (an arcaded courtyard), where you'll also find the Cathedral of St. Domnius with its elegant Bell tower.


The Old town is pedestrian-only and is a UNESCO World Heritage site