Diocletian's Palace is one of, if not the, most popular attractions in all of Split. These ruins are said to be some of the most valuable buildings from the Roman Era and are sure to enthrall you. The palace was built by the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4thcentury, and stands by south Salona, the capital of Dalmatia. The imperial palace achieved UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1979 and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world each year.
Split’s number one attractionWhen first constructed, this huge palace stood alone by the shore as a summer retreat and Roman Military Camp. Unfortunately, after Diocletian died, it was abandoned and rebuilding and renovations changed many parts the palace from its original, however when walking around you can clearly see what it would have looked like.The area is rectangular, closed in with high walls, and accessible through a number of gates. The Golden Gate was reserved for Emperor Diocletian and his family. The Silver Gate to the east was built for the Emperor’s subjects and another Iron Gate on the west was for all other traffic. The Brass Gate facing the sea was constructed to use in case of an attack so that residents could flee seaward. This is now considered the main entrance for visitors.
Day trips around the palace and old townLocated in the heart of Split you will find this attraction easy to visit. Once inside, you can take the tour of the palace on foot or rent a bike. A tour of Diocletian's Palace lasts around 1.5 hours and tours run year round. Companies such as Split Walking Tours allow you to book online in advance to secure your tour and time. Tours will include a knowledgeable guide to lead you around the palace grounds, enhancing the experience as they teach you secrets and stories about the area. If you prefer to enjoy the city on your own, take a stroll by the Peristyle Square, in its nearby gardens and explore the basements of the palace itself, one of history's archaeological marvels.
After a long day exploring Diocletian's Palace, retreat to a hot bath and a glass of wine at the Radisson Blu Resort, Split. The hotel is less than three kilometers away from this impressive feat of historical architecture.