Virtual tour of a section of Diocletian's Palace in Split. This image shows the surface remains of the imperial quarters of the palace, part of which are now occupied by the Ethnographic museum. To the north you can see the roof of Split Cathedral, and Bell Tower. The purple plant climbing over the buildings to the north originates from a single large pot and has in itself become something of a local attraction.
Diocletian's Palace - Split visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Diocletian's Palace' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
In reality, the palace of Diocletian in Split occupied the entire walled section of the city. Measuring 160m x 190m it contained imperial quarters in the southern side, a mausoleum (now Split Cathedral) near the center, temples and residential quarters for servants and soldiers in the northern section. At it's peak the palace could house 9,000 people.
The palace was built by Diocletian at the turn of the 4th century as his retirement home. At that time it was about 4 miles from Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The southern wall is thought to have opened directly to the sea, allowing private entry for Diocletian and delivery of goods. Today it is a little set back from the harbour front. The palace was surrounded by walls, still mostly intact, surmounted by watch towers.
Today, the remains of Diocletian's Palace are a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the most complete remains of a Roman palace in the world. Much of the surface parts of the palace have been built over in subsequent centuries. Some of the subterranean sections, which are open to the public, are very well preserved with vaulted roofs. The layout of these parts give good indication of the layout of the palace above.
After the Romans left Croatia the palace was abandoned, used from time to time as a refuge by the local people. From the Medieval period until the 18th century it was forgotten by much of the west.
Today, the palace is the most visited sight in Split, containing many museums, attractions, hotels, restaurants and places of interest. Old Roman remains are still incorporated into many of the buildings. The subterranean areas are still being excavated. Some are open to the public and entrance fees apply. One subterranean section is freely accessible, forming the main link between the palace and the modern harbour front, lined with various stalls.
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.