Split Cathedral Square - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour showing Split Cathedral and the buildings around it. Photography is not permitted within the cathedral itself.
Split Cathedral Square - FURTHER INFORMATION
Split Cathedral Square - Split visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Split Cathedral Square' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
Split Cathedral is one of the top tourist attractions in Split in Croatia. It's full name is the Cathedral of St. Duje (Katedrala Svetog Duje), named after Saint Duje, a 3rd century bishop of Salona who is the patron saint of Split. The cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska.
The bulk of the octagonal cathedral dates from the 3rd century when it was built as the mausoleum within Diocletian's Palace for Emperor Diocletian who retired to Split. Like much of the rest of the palace, it was built of white local limestone and marble mostly quarried on the island of Brač nearby. In the 17th century the eastern wall of the mausoleum was torn down and a Chorus added to the building.
Split Cathedral - HighlightsInside on the first floor is the cathedral treasury containing:
- Some relics of Saint Duie
- A Romanesque The Madonna and Child panel painting from the 13th century
- Various chalices and reliquaries by goldsmiths from the 13th to the 19th century
- A collection of mass vestments from the 14th till 19th century
- The Book of gospels (Splitski Evandelistar) from the 6th century
- The Historia Salonitana (The History of the people of Salona) by Toma the Archdeacon from Split in the 13th century
- The Supetar cartulary (Kartularium from Sumpetar) from the 11th century.
The Cathedral's wooden doors themselves are a work of art, carved by Andrija Buvina, a Croatian sculptor and painter, around 1220. They are one of the finest examples of Romanesque sculpture in the whole of Croatia, showing 14 scenes from the life of Jesus Christ.
Next to the church is the 12the century, 60m high, Romanesque bell tower, built in the 12th. From the top are dramatic, panoramic views over the whole of Split. Most of the Romanesque sculptuers were removed in the early 20th century.
Separate entrance fees apply to both the Cathedral and the Bell Tower. Free entrance to the cathedral is available with the Split Card available from the Tourist Information Office nearby.
Cathedral of St Domnius
Kraj Sv Duje 5
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Flight: Split International Airport found 20km west of Split, transfer by either taxi or bus.
Ferry: Regular ferries from Dubrovnik, Korcula, Mljet, Pescara, Rijeka, Vis, Hvar, Spetare (Brac), Stari Grad, Drvenik and Ancona in Italy.
Road: Split lies on the 8 coastal road, about 30km north of Omiš and 60km north of Makarska. It is 150km south of Zadar.