If you’ve never been to Croatia, you’re about to discover one of the Mediterranean’s most surprising gems. Croatia is a country of contrasts, and the city of Split presents many unforgettable monuments. The city is known for being located in the beautiful Dalmatian coast, but it offers much more than stunning beaches and crystalline waters. The most important monuments of Split are aesthetically as well as historically impressive, which is why we have prepared this list.

 

Start preparing your trip to Croatia by reading about these wonderful monuments of Split.

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Monuments of Split: The Diocletian Palace

Located in the beautiful old town of Split, the Diocletian Palace is probably one of the most impressive monuments in Europe – it surely doesn’t get the fame that it deserves. It’s one of the most important Roman ruins in the continent, and obviously the most important of all the monuments of Split. It was built in the 4th century AD for the Roman Emperor that gave his name to the monument, Diocletian, and it’s more of a fortress than a palace due to the size of the structure and the structure itself. It includes the many streets surrounding the palace, as this is the heart of the Old Town of Split: it covers almost 40.000 squared metres.

 

Of course, the structure that you can visit today isn’t exactly as it was when it was built back in the 4th century, as it has suffered many changes over the years. There are over 3.000 people who live in the more than 200 buildings surrounding it, and its narrow twisted little street host bars, restaurants and shops. The charm of the place will make you want to stay there for a long time. It was declared as a World Cultural Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1979.

Monuments of Split: Peristyle Square

The Peristyle Square is part of the Diocletian Palace – it is, in fact, the main square of the so-called palace. It was the place where the Emperor Diocletian would interact with his people as Jupiter’s living son, where they would approach him and kneel in front of him. The beauty of the Peristyle is impossible to forget, but the place is also famous due to its acoustics. It was the perfect theatre scenario, and operas and literature readings where performed there. It also served as the centre of life of the city of Split, at least until a new city square was built later on, in the 14th century. You will find it is a perfect place to sit, enjoy a drink and relax.

Monuments of Split: The Cathedral of Saint Dominus

The Cathedral of Saint Dominus or of St. Dujes is another proof of the incredibly rich history that you can find in the streets of Split. Just like the Diocletian Palace, it was built in the 4th century and is another of the ancient Roman buildings that can be visited in this old and majestic city. It is impressively well-preserved, even though it has obviously been remodelled and restored over the years. The 24-column colonnade that encircles the building is original, though, even if the famous bell tower that constitutes the most recognisable symbol of the city of Split was built between the 12th and the 16th century in Romanesque style and reconstructed later on, in the early 20th century. As one of the most beautiful monuments of Split, the Cathedral of Saint Dominus is one of the city’s mandatory visits.

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Monuments of Split: Jupiter’s Temple

This ancient temple is also located in the Diocletian Palace. It’s not surprising that Emperor Diocletian, who considered himself as the living son of Jupiter, commissioned the construction of a temple to honour his father, the god of the sky and the thunder. Diocletian ordered that 12 sphinxes where brought from Egypt to decorate the entrance to the temple.

Monuments of Split: The Statue of Grgur Ninski

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Gregory of Nin is an important historical figure for the Croatians, who know him as Grgur Ninski. He was the Bishop of Nin, and is appreciated by the Croatians because he introduced their language into the religious services, who were only held in Latin until that time. Nowadays you can see a statue in his honour in the Peristyle of Split, and quite an impressive one: it is 8.5 metres tall! The statue was built in 1929 by Ivan Mestrovic, and it is said that it’s lucky to rub its feet. Fun fact: there are more statues that depict Grgur Ninski in Croatia, although none of them is as huge as the one located in Split!

 

Which of these monuments of Split is the first of your to-do list? Don’t forget to tell us which one of them you liked best, and why, in the comments! Here at GowithOh we love to hear about your experiences.

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