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 Split (Wikipedia Commons)
Come with me; let me take you for a walk around this magical city.
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.
I turn around. Behind me, the magnificent Grgur Ninski is one of the symbols of Split.
Walking around, I notice beautiful details, like this lovely window…
… in the street. And most of the streets in the palace are like this: glossy stone-paved streets, with narrow, with tall stone buildings.
I take a photo of the people taking a photo, chuckling.
Interesting pasticcio of buildings and styles on Peristil. First arch: photographer’s studio. The second: goldsmith’s. I love the windows on the left.
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.
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!
View of Split from Marjan Hill.
A walk around Marjan will be our next postcard. Stay with me!