Split, Croatia Once the home of a roman emperor

Diocletian, the Emperor of Rome began building his palace in Split in 305 BC. Born in Salona, some 8 km northeast of Split, Diocletian selected Split for its proximity to the Adriatic Sea and climate. Split is strategically located in a protected harbor with an excellent view of the sea. The palace was not only the ruling place for this Roman emperor, but also his retirement home. Our tour of Split centered upon the palace with a walk through this currently occupied fortified town.

The north wall near the Golden Gate

This town on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia has endured the wars and campaigns of numerous empires, including the Romans, Napoleanic French, Austrian Habsburgs, World War I and King Leopold, WWII, and the Bosnia war.

The original seafront walls can be seen amidst the grand promenade in the first two pictures. A representation of the old palace is explained in the sculpture and painting.

The lower floors of the original palace have only recently been excavated and restored. Over the centuries the palace has been occupied by many different people. During that time, the substructure of the palace was littered with hundreds of years of debris and artifacts. The substructure is now about 85% excavated. Among the artifacts are wooden beams, a sarcophagus, and carved stone column bases, sculptures and even a headless sphinx from Egypt.

No, the Romans did not install the wiring (as asked by one member of our group).
Game of Thrones fan? The Dragon Room was filmed in the lower areas of the Palace.
Although the palace has stood for over two centuries, a portion of the Diocletian Palace was destroyed during WWII. The palace has been occupied consistently since it was built. Today the town within the walls is still home to many residents of Split.
Strong evidence of the glory of Roman Architecture

The city of Split continues to provide a center for activity of this region of Croatia.

Last picture- Patty rubs the toe of the patron Saint of Split, for luck!
Farewell Split...

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Funny name, really neat town.

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