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Diocletian's Palace (Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian)
Diocletian's Palace (Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian)

Diocletian's Palace (Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian)

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Dioklecijanova ulica 1, Sredmanuška ul. 11, 21000, Split, Croatia
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Diocletian's Palace is an ancient palace built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD.

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Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor's apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements, thus the inside buildings as well as the exterior walls with the towers significantly changed the original appearance, but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible.

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I have been wishing for a long time to visit this Palace.
I found it extraordinary and I think it's very well preserved.
It's always kind of cool to listen about history that was happening there a lot of years ago and how everything was so different back then.
This Palace is quite big and you can see that it has so much history behind its name.
We loved seeing and exploring historic things that are left of that amazing
time before us. It is truly magnificient.

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Ottawa

Considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins, Diocletian’s palace is certainly the main attraction of the city of Split, Croatia.

These ruins are some of the most valuable surviving buildings of the Roman era on the Adriatic coast.

Emperor Diocletian, who voluntarily gave up the throne of the Roman Empire, in the turn of the 4th century CE built the palace and after his retirement on May1, 305 settled here, on the beach, in the Illyrian province of Rome.

Today the Illyrian province is part of Croatia.

The so-called palace was a massive structure and contains not only the palace itself but also buildings, intended for housing military garrison.

Diocletian’s palace by nightThe whole complex occupied around 30,000 square meters. Today these ruins lie in the heart of the city of Split in Croatia.

The ancient fortress has become the old town of Split, with numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and also apartments, located in the old buildings on narrow streets of the palace/fortress.

Around 3000 people live on the territory of Diocletian’s palace today.

Emperor Diocletian had a wish to enter his palace on a ship, without leaving the deck. Today, it is hard to imagine that the lower tier of Diocletian’s palace once was covered with water, and the ship of the Emperor was usually slowly passing between the columns and stopping among the vaulted rooms of the lower tier.

The windows in the lower rooms of the palace are located near the ceiling - in case the water would rise - and even during the day the illumination here is weak, uneven. Over time, the sea receded, and a city emerged around the palace.

Not much is left in Split from the era of Diocletian - only the palace, the remains of walls and gates.

The rest of the old city is covered with white stone buildings of different periods and styles. The palace was built from local limestone and white marble.

The palace has a form of an irregular rectangle with numerous towers on the western, northern, and eastern facades. The southern façade has no towers, because it was rising directly from the waters of the sea. The design of the palace is a mix of villa and castrum architecture. The Emperor’s apartments were located on the southern part of the complex - along the seaside.

Only the foundation and lower floors of these apartments have survived to our days. Diocletian’s octagonal mausoleum (later was reconstructed into a Christian church - one of the oldest in the world) and 3 temples were also located in the southern part of the palace. One of the temples was later turned into a baptistery, the other two were destroyed.

On the crossroad of the two main roads of the palace, the so called Peristyle is located. The Peristyle is a rectangular open court decorated with colonnade and intended to become the heart of the palace, where the most powerful Roman citizens were gathering.

The palace had four gates. From the Golden gate on the northern side of the fortress the road to the town of Solin was starting.

The Silver gate was located on the eastern part, the Iron one - on the west, and the Bronze gate was on the south - the sea shore.

The gates themselves, of course, did not survive, but carved stone pillars and arches residues can still be seen on their place.

Here and there in the palace one can find antiques, including three 3500 years old sphinxes, brought to Split from Egypt for the Emperor.

Nowadays, during the day you can often hear music in the palace. But in the evenings the palace is particularly attractive.

When the night falls, the marble and granite columns, topped by Corinthian capitals, are usually illuminated by colorful garlands, and the interiors of the palace are becoming a beautiful scene, where actors in Roman togas are performing with their solemn voices, echoing under the arches of this ancient palace.

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Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor's apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements, thus the inside buildings as well as the exterior walls with the towers significantly changed the original appearance, but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible.

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Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor's apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements, thus the inside buildings as well as the exterior walls with the towers significantly changed the original appearance, but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible.

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Ottawa

Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor's apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements, thus the inside buildings as well as the exterior walls with the towers significantly changed the original appearance, but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible.

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Diocletian's Palace (Croatian: Dioklecijanova palača, pronounced [diɔklɛt͡sijǎːnɔʋa pǎlat͡ʃa]) is an ancient palace built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, that today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia. While it is referred to as a "palace" because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian's personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison.

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Milan

Breathtaking view from the Bell Tower of the Diocletian's Palace. Price is worth the visit.

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Diocletian's Palace is an ancient palace built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, that today forms about half the old town and city center of Split, in Croatia.
While it is referred to as a "palace" because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian's personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison.

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Los Angeles

Diocletian's Palace is the heart of Old Town Split. Imagine the glory of 4th century Roman architecture bustling with cafes, restaurants, and museums. It's quite beautiful, if you get lost in it's maze you can find some really picturesque scenes and restaurants.

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New Delhi

underground market selling cheap trinkets. above ground is better but cramped and overrated. no tour guide required. just wander around and maybe you may find bits of peace

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San Diego

Split old town is amazingly beautiful. There are a bewildering amount of alleys to explore amazing bars and restaurants and a great atmosphere

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Spanish Fort

One of the oldest structures still standing from the Roman Empire. There's a market in the basement.

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Milan

It is hard to imagine Split Croatia without Emperor's palace as it would be Rome without Roman Coliseum or Cairo without Great Pyramid of Giza. If a city has its heart than this palace is Split's vital life spot. It is more like a city within a city.

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The second largest city in Croatia featuring the palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian registered as one of the World Heritage Sites, only 90 km from Zaostrog.

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SPLIT - the city of UNESCO! Enojoy the 1700 years old history in this beautiful Mediterranean city! Welcome!

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Pleasant Hill

Commissioned by Emperor Diolcetian, this Palace is a well preserved structure built in typical Roman military camp style. Emperor Diocletian lived in the Palace of Diocletian for only eight years until his death in 313. Following his death the Palace of Diocletian was used as an administrative center and the governor's residence. Three centuries, later in 615, the Palace was used as a refuge for the residents of Salona when their city was sacked by the Avars.

Originally the Palace of Diocletian was 215m long X 180m wide and enclosed with thick walls up to 28m high. On each corner was a tower and four entrances including the Iron, Silver, and Golden Gates. Leading in from the gates on each side, two roads are laid out according to the Roman Cardo and Decumanus tradition. Several notable attractions within the Palace include the Temple of Jupiter, Cathedral of St. Dominius, and the Peristyle. The Palace is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Gayle and I wandered inside and out of Diocletian's Palace and limiting any paid admissions. We also wandered the narrow streets of the surrounding old town, and our only regret being that we didn't purchase a CD from the acapella group singing within the Entry Vestibule.

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Local from Split

1700 years old city built around the UNESCO protected palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian

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Pittsford

The palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. It is a massive structure which is in remarkable condition. After the Romans abandoned the site the palace has been occupied, with residents making their homes and businesses within the palace basement and directly in its walls. Today many restaurants and shops, and some homes, can still be found within the walls. To think that this was built just as a retirement home for one person and his family.

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Sydney

At times I didn't even realize when I was walking in or out of the palace until I looked up and saw a massive arch made of limestone, it's like walking back in time. There are now restaurants, art galleries and shops built inside but the palace has remained well preserved. You can tour the underground area for a small price, if you ask me, it's a bit creepy.

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