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THE IMPRESSIVE DIOCLETIAN’S PALACE


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 4th century. It stands by south Salona, the capital of Dalmatia. The imperial palace became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 and attracts thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

Split’s number one attraction

When the huge Diocletian’s Palace was first constructed, it stood alone by the shore as the Emperor’s summer retreat that also functioned as a Roman Military Camp. After the Emperor died, the palace was abandoned and then later renovated. Many changes were made to the original features, but when walking around the residence, it isn’t hard to imagine what it would have originally looked like. The building is closed in by high walls and is accessible through a number of gates. The Golden Gate was reserved for Emperor Diocletian and his family, while the eastern Silver Gate was for the emperor’s subjects and the western Iron Gate was for all other traffic to the palace. The Brass Gate facing the sea, was constructed to use in case of an attack so that residents could flee seawards. The Brass Gate is now the main entry for visitors to Diocletian’s Palace.
 

Tour the palace ruins and Old Town

Located in the heart of Split, this attraction is hard to miss when you arrive in the city center. The palace can be toured either by foot or on a rental bike. Tours of the Diocletian’s Palace run year-round and take approximately 90 minutes. Companies like Split Walking Tours allow you to book online to secure a spot. If you prefer to enjoy the city on your own, take a stroll in Split’s Old Town or by the Peristyle Square in the nearby gardens and explore the basement of the palace itself, one of history’s archaeological marvels. The magnificent ruins are only a short drive from the Radisson Blu Resort, Split.