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Palace of Diocletian in Split

Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Palace of Diocletian in Split is one of the most famous buildings on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The immense Palace of Diocletian was built in the beginning of the 4th century. It was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. After the Romans abandoned the palace, it remains empty for centuries. In the 7th century residents from the nearby city of Salona fled into the walls of the Palace of Diocletian. In the Middle Ages the city of Split was built within the walls of the Palace of Diocletian. The town spread outside the palace and was fortified in the 14th century. Nowadays the ruins of the palace can be found throughout the historic city of Split. Among them the Golden Gate, the Silver Gate, the Iron Gate and remains of the Bronze Gate. The mausoleum of Diocletian was converted into the St. Domnius Cathedral in the 7th century. The Historical Complex of Split is located 28 km from UNESCO World Heritage: Historic City of Trogir. The Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979. World Heritage Art: Palace of Diocletian Gates

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Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The walls nearby the Golden Gate. The Palace of Diocletian is an ancient Roman...

Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The walls nearby the Golden Gate. The Palace of Diocletian is an ancient Roman palace at Split in Croatia. It was built between 295 AD and 305 AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. After Emperor Diocletian gave up the throne, he lived in the palace until his death in 316 AD. The Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of  Diocletian gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  1. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The walls nearby the Golden Gate. The Palace of Diocletian is an ancient Roman...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The walls nearby the Golden Gate. The Palace of Diocletian is an ancient Roman palace at Split in Croatia. It was built between 295 AD and 305 AD by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. After Emperor Diocletian gave up the throne, he lived in the palace until his death in 316 AD. The Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of  Diocletian gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  2. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Vestibule was the entrance to the chambers of Emperor Diocletian, located...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Vestibule was the entrance to the chambers of Emperor Diocletian, located at the southern end of the Peristyle, the monumental courtyard at the northern access to the imperial chambers. During summer, klapa songs are performed in the Vestibule. Klapa is a form of traditional a cappella singing in Dalmatia. Klapa music was declared an UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

  3. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Silver Gate is the east gate of the Palace of Diocletian. The Silver Gate on the...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Silver Gate is the east gate of the Palace of Diocletian. The Silver Gate on the east and the Iron Gate on the west were connected by the Decamanus, one of the two ancient main streets. The Decamanus has still its original ancient pavement. On each side of the gate the remains of the octagonal towers are still visible.

  4. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The 15th century Papalic Palace is the most important example of the Late Gothic...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The 15th century Papalic Palace is the most important example of the Late Gothic architecture in Split, it was designed by the famous architect Juraj Dalmatinac and built for one of the richest families in Split. The outer staircase is beautiful carved. In the courtyard stands a sculpted wellhead. Nowadays, the Papalic Palace is a museum.

  5. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Gothic Augubio Palace. In the 7th century, the Palace of Diocletian was used as a...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Gothic Augubio Palace. In the 7th century, the Palace of Diocletian was used as a refuge by the inhabitants of the town Salona. In the Middle Ages, Split was built inside the walls of the Palace of Diocletian. The Augubio Palace is situated along the Cardo, one of the ancient main streets of Split, the palace was built in the second half of the 15th century.

  6. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A detail of the main entrance into the chambers of Emperor Diocletian. The...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A detail of the main entrance into the chambers of Emperor Diocletian. The chambers of Emperor Diocletian were situated near the Peristyle. An underground corridor leads to the Bronze Gate. The Bronze Gate once opened straight from the sea into the cellars of the palace. Boats could moor right up to the foot of the walls of the palace.

  7. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Porta Aurea or Golden Gate was the main entrance into the Palace of Diocletian. The...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Porta Aurea or Golden Gate was the main entrance into the Palace of Diocletian. The Golden Gate in the north and the Bronze Gate in the south were connected by Cardo, one of the main streets. The Golden Gate opened onto the road leading to Salona, the capital city of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the birthplace of Diocletian.

  8. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Old Town Hall of Split is located on the People's Square. The former town hall...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The Old Town Hall of Split is located on the People's Square. The former town hall was built in the Gothic style in the 15th century. Now, it is a museum dedicated to art and photography. It is situated close to the Iron Gate and just outside the city walls. The Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian was declared an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979. 

  9. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The former Temple of Jupiter. The small Temple of Jupiter was built...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The former Temple of Jupiter. The small Temple of Jupiter was built between 295 and 305 AD. In the 6th century, it became a baptistery, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, the crypt was dedecated to St. Thomas. Above the entrance is a relief depicting gods and heroes, such as Jupiter and Apollo.

  10. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A detail of the St. Domnius Cathedral. The cathedral was originally built as the...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A detail of the St. Domnius Cathedral. The cathedral was originally built as the mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Dalmatia was converted to Christianity in the 7th century, the Imperial Roman mausoleum was converted into the St. Domnius Cathedral and the tomb of Emperor Diocletian was removed.

  11. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A Corinthian column of the entrance portal of the St. Domnius Cathedral. The cathedral...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A Corinthian column of the entrance portal of the St. Domnius Cathedral. The cathedral was named after the patron saint of the city of Split, Domnius, bishop of Salona, martyred during the persecutions of Christians under the reign the Emperor Diocletian. The crypt was dedicated to the martyr St. Lucy of Syracuse.

  12. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A detail of the sculpted entrance portal of the St. Domnius Cathedral. The...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: A detail of the sculpted entrance portal of the St. Domnius Cathedral. The St. Domnius Cathedral is the former mausoleum of Emperor Diocletian. The building has almost completely preserved its original octagonal form, encircled by twenty-four columns which support the roof.

  13. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The remains of the Pistura Gate. The Pistura Gate is situated just outside...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The remains of the Pistura Gate. The Pistura Gate is situated just outside the walls of the Palace of Emperor Diocletian, close to the Golden Gate. The Palace of Diocletian is one of the most famous buildings on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. The Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian gained the status as an UNESCO World Heritage in 1979.

  14. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The seaside walls of the Palace of the Diocletian. There were four gates in the walls:...

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The seaside walls of the Palace of the Diocletian. There were four gates in the walls: the Golden Gate, the Silver Gate, the Iron Gate and the Bronze Gate. The Marina Tower is located in the Braće Radića Square, just outside the walls of the Palace of Diocletian. The 15th century Marina tower was once part of a Venetian Castle. 

  15. Palace of Diocletian in Split - Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The St. Domnius Cathedral towers high above the historic City of Split....

    Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian: The St. Domnius Cathedral towers high above the historic City of Split. The construction of the bell tower started  in the 12th century. It took more than 300 years to complete the 57 metres high tower, it was built in the Romanesque style, most of the Romanesque sculptures were removed around 1908.