Picture showing the remains of the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace in Split, taken opposite the Cathedral and bell tower. Roman guards are often seen here, and at 12 Noon the Roman governor comes out to address crowds in a dramatic re-enactment of the custos mutare (changing of the guard).
Peristyle of Diocletians Palace - Split visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Peristyle of Diocletians Palace' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Split-Dalmatia County.
The Peristyle formed the central, monumental courtyard of Diocletian's Palace in Split, leading to the imperial quarters, old mausoleum (now Split Cathedral) and other important buildings. The northern end of the peristyle is at the junction of the north-south and east-west main thoroughfares. It is also the focus of much visitor attention today. Very often there are people here dressed as Roman centurions ready to pose for photographs with tourists.
Alleyways from the peristyle also lead westward to three temples, two of which have now been lost and the third, the Temple of Jupiter, was converted to a baptistery by Christians. Above the palace vestibule is the Temple of Aesculapius, dedicated to Asclepius, the Roman god of healing. It, has a semi cylindrical roof made out of hand carved stone blocks which were so finely carved that they did not leak until the 1940s. After this time the temple was covered with a lead roof.
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 (Brač), 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.