Golden Gate to Diocletian's Palace - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Virtual tour showing the Golden Gate entrance to Diocletian's Palace in Split. This was the grandest entrance to the old palace. Just outside you can see the large statue to Grgur Ninski (Gregory of Nin)
Golden Gate to Diocletian's Palace - FURTHER INFORMATION
Golden Gate to Diocletian's Palace - Split visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Golden Gate to Diocletian's Palace' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
Diocletian's Palace is the top tourist attraction in Split. In fact it is likely that most visitors do not even realise when they are inside it, as the whole of the walled area of Split was once occupied by the palace complex. Built in the 4th century as a retirement palace, and measuring 160m x 190m, it could house 9,000 people, servants and soldiers.
The walled palace complex has 3 gated entrances, the most important of which was the Golden Gate (Porta aurea), shown in this image. The other gates were the Silver Gate (Porta argentea) in the eastern wall and Iron Gate (Porta ferrea) in the western wall. There was no gate to the south as at that time the wall opened up directly onto Split Harbour allowing private entrance by the Emperor and delivery of goods. Today the southern entrance opens up onto a large promenade lined with restaurants.
Within the palace was a mausoleum for Diocletian, now Split Cathedral besides which stands a 12th century bell tower, temples and residential quarters for servants and soldiers in the northern section. Diocletian's Palace is 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.
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.