Postcards from Croatia: SPLIT

Ages ago, I promised some photos from  my travels in Croatia, they’re finally here! Enjoy!

 

Split, the second largest town in Croatia, is built on the remains of an ancient Roman palace built by the aging emperor Diocletian, who was originally from the area himself, as his retirement home.  The historic centre of Split is included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Diocletian's Palace

Diocletian’s Split (Wikipedia Commons)

 

Come with me; let me take you for a walk around this magical city.

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I enter the city centre (built on and around the palace) through The Golden Gate (Zlatna vrata). This is one of the entrances into the Palace.

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I turn around. Behind me, the magnificent Grgur Ninski is one of the symbols of Split.

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Walking around, I notice beautiful details, like this lovely window…

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… in the street. And most of the streets in the palace are like this: glossy stone-paved streets, with narrow, with tall stone buildings. IMG_7216

I take a photo of the people taking a photo, chuckling.

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City life.

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Interesting pasticcio of buildings and styles on Peristil. First arch: photographer’s studio. The second: goldsmith’s. I love the windows on the left.

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Peristyle is the heart of the city today, and it was the heart of the palace in Diocletian‘s time. It is a central monumental court, with the entrance into the Emperor’s mausoleum on the left, and  with temples on the right. Underneath it all is the entrance into the Palace basements, still preserved today.

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Thank you for walking with me so far. Please come back tomorrow for the rest of the story! In the meantime, let’s walk in silence; scroll down!      

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IMG_7287    View of Split from Marjan Hill.

 

A walk around Marjan will be our next postcard. Stay with me!

 

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11 Comments

  1. Thanks for showing all your nice photos. My wife and I want to visit Croatia one day. Your photos will stustain us until then.

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  2. Great photos. I’ve not been there but it looks like a wonderful place to visit.

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  3. Thank you – what a great place. I love the architecture. And the knickers hung out to dry🙂. You must have really enjoyed your trip.

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  4. i will actually be in split in about 2 months with my husband and young daughter. your pictures make me want to go now. i’m craving a gusti sok and a burek.

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  5. Gorgeous photos, Maninas. 🙂

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  6. Thank you, everyone!

    If you’re travelling to Croatia at any point, please feel free to ask me any questions that you may have! I’d be very happy to help if I can!

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  7. Beautiful pictures! Seems like there is lot of history, art, culture in the city. That part of the world is beautiful. The Golden Gate reminds of the Old City in Baku, Azerbaijan, where I am from. It was built in the 12th century and the streets are narrow just like in Zlati Vrata. Thank you for sharing!

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  8. Makes me happy to see such familiar pictures. They are beautiful, Split is too🙂

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  9. WOW… very beautiful photos! What a nice city…
    Ciao.

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  10. You certainly had a gorgeous day! It looks like a wonderful old city. We have barely ‘dipped our toes’ into Croatia. We spent a few days on Brjuni a few years ago and always planned on going back for more, and getting further along the coast. Maybe now we will.

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  11. FARIDA, Thank you! Yes, there is a lot of history, and a lot of art in this city. That’s what I love about it. There are so many gorgeous details to be discovered, or even revisited. This, and a few very dear friends bring me to Split almost whenever I’m in Croatia.

    I’d love to see photos of Baku. If you can, please post some.

    LINDA, fala! I ja jako volim ovaj grad!

    ORCHIDEA, you should definitely visit Split, if you have a chance.

    KATIE, oh yes, you must!🙂 The coast is gorgeous.

    I’ve never been to Brijuni, but I’d love to go. Did you know that there is theatre in the open there during the summer? It’s done by a theatre company called Ullyses (I think), organised by Rade Seberdzija. I’d love to go and see one!

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