SPLIT - THE CITY OF EMPEROR DIOCLETIAN
This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with its heart in Diocletian palace which is the historical center of the city under the protection of the World Heritage site by UNESCO.
The first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian who started to build his palace in this friendly bay around 293 AD. After his abdication he withdrew to this luxurious palace of about 30 thousand square meters. The following turbulent centuries made the palace into a town first populated by the citizens of the nearby Salona, fleeing before Avars and Slavs. The town overgrew the walls of the palace and its authorities kept changing - from Croatian kings in the 10th century AD, Hungarian and Venetian administration, to French rulers and Austro-Hungarian monarchy.
This eternally young city with around 200 thousand inhabitants has lived its urban rhythm for 1700 years with its heart in Diocletian palace which is the historical center of the city under the protection of the World Heritage site by UNESCO. St. Vitus Cathedral. Duje, patron saint of Split, is the mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian, and its sumptuous interior is a gathering place for many of the faithful and tourists. Many precious cultural monuments are located outside the palace walls (Renaissance Square Prokurative, palaces, churches, museums ...).
Located in the warmest region of the northern Mediterranean coast, in the very center of the Adriatic coast, this tourist, economic and sports (Goran Ivanisevic, Branka Vlasic, Toni Kukoc) region its green soul on the hill Marjan, where a forest park near the town offers pleasant walks away from the noise and walk far.
Rich tourist offer of the unique cultural heritage and many cultural and tourist events gives Split its special charm and makes it an ideal place for holidays throughout the year.
Nowhere is like Central Dalmatia does within just 30 km from the city of two heritage under UNESCO protection, and registered in the World Heritage List. They are the Diocletian's Palace in Split and the historic town of Trogir is situated between them the largest archaeological site on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea - Salon, formerly the seat of the Roman province of Dalmatia.
Emperors Palace is one of the most significant works of late ancient architecture, not just for the preservation of some original parts and the whole, but also for a series of original architectural forms announcing the new Christian, Byzantine and early medieval art. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages with materials from an ancient mausoleum. Romanesque churches of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries, medieval forts and gothic, renaissance and baroque palaces are located within the Roman walls, thus creating a harmonious whole.
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