Croatia’s second-largest city is home to the Historical Complex of Split, and its monumental centerpiece of Diocletian’s Palace. The sprawling 4th-century retirement home of the Roman Emperor is an immense fortress-like structure that features Gothic and Renaissance architecture, elegant courtyards, underground cellars, a medieval cathedral, and 200 buildings. The iconic UNESCO World Heritage site is also one of the best-preserved Roman palaces in the world, and one of Croatia’s top tourist attractions.
Built from the distinctive white limestone and marble that was quarried on the island of Brac, Diocletian’s Palace is adorned with imported Egyptian granite columns and sphinxes, and bricks that were handcrafted in the ancient city of Salona. Take a tour of the labyrinth of streets and alleyways, located within the walled domain of the protected attraction, and discover a colorful collection of shops, cafes, bars, and restaurants. Admire the 12th and 13th-century Romanesque churches and the striking medieval fortifications that also form part of the city’s Historical Complex. Visit the Cathedral of St Domnius (also known as the Mausoleum of Diocletian) and admire the well-preserved octagonal form, Corinthian columns, and frieze, of one of the smallest active cathedrals in the world.
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