Split, Croatia

06 Jul

Diocletian’s Palace center; the cathedral was built over his tomb

We arrived pretty late in Split. The core of the town is the Diocletian Palace, that is not a palace per se but an entire fortified city with lots of palaces, churches, temples, plazas and winding streets that connect all these. Diocletian ruled efficiently the Roman Empire at the end of the 3rd century. He was born and died in Croatia being buried in a huge octagonal mausoleum located in the middle of the palace converted latter in the Church of St Domnius. Being born in a family of slaves he remarked himself by his military skills that eventually promoted him as an emperor. In the old age Diocletian surrendered his position, the first Roman emperor to do so, and lived the rest of his life in retirement in the palace. In the middle of the palace is the Peristyle Square host of the on going Split Summer Festival. After walking the streets and having dinner we finally were able to secure around 10:00 pm an apartment through a city agency and some very nice hosts came to pick us up.

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