Under Diocletians Palace - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour showing part of the Diocletian's Palace in Split. This part forms the major through-way linking the Cathedral square with the harbour front. It is full of tourist stalls selling all kinds of good. One of the main sights, the palace can be full of large tour groups at peak times.
Under Diocletians Palace - FURTHER INFORMATION
Under Diocletians Palace - Split visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Under Diocletians Palace' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
Diocletian's Palace occupied the whole of the walled section of Split in Croatia, though today little of it remains. What does remain is mostly buried under later buildings and parts of it continue to be excavated. Today, the remains of Diocletian's Palace are one of the top tourist attractions in Split and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the most complete remains of a Roman palace in the world.
As the name suggests, Diocletian's Palace was built for the Roman Emperor Diocltian in the early 4th century as a retirement home. When built, the palace was next to a small village 4 miles from Salona, the Roman capital of Dalmatia province.
Originally, the palace was combined with a military base, surrounded by walls with watch-towers. Measuring 160m x 190m with barrel vaulted stonework in the subterranean parts, the palace could house 9000 people. In the 4th century, the souther facade of the palace was on the sea front, allowing ships to dock directly outside. Today it is a little set back from the harbour front. the imperial quarters were in the southern half of the palace, adjacent to a mausoleum Diocletian had built for himself, now the Split Cathedral.
The northern part of the palace contained residential quarters for the servants and soldiers. It is less well preserved. Most of the sub-structure is well preserved, and there is ongoing excavation being carried out, partly supported by entrance fees charged to visitors.
After the Romans left, the palace lay abandoned for centuries, but it's walls offered protection to surrounding area in times of conflict. From the middle ages onwards it was mostly forgotten in the West until the 18th century.
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.