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Diocletian's Palace

This palace right in the heart of Split, was used by Roman Emperor Diocletian and is one of the best preserved monuments of Roman architecture in the world. In 1979, it was declared -- with the historic city of Split -- a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins of the Palace can also be found throughout the city. 

A military fortress, imperial residence and fortified town, the palace covers over 31,000 square meters (334 square feet). Diocletian spared no expense in the building of the palace, importing marble from Italy and Greece, and columns and sphinxes from Egypt. Many of the buildings are made from local white limestone quarried on the nearby island of Brac.

Each wall has a gate named after metals: the northern gate is the Golden Gate; the southern gate is the Bronze Gate; the eastern gate is the Silver Gate; and the western gate is the Iron Gate. From the eastern to the western gate there's a straight road (Krešimirova, also known as Decumanus), which separates the imperial residence on the southern side, with its state rooms and temples; from the northern side, which was intended for soldiers and servants.

Today, the 220 buildings within the palace boundaries are home to around 3,000 people and its cellars are a marketplace for tourists and locals alike. 

If you are looking to dine here, make sure you book a restaurant well in advance, as this is one of the most well-known tourist sites in Split. If you want a great view of the city that's a lot less crowded than climbing up to the top of the campanile, go to the Ethnographic Museum, which contains a collection of traditional Dalmatian costumes, where there is roof access.

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Split Shore Excursion: Cetina River White-Water Rafting Adventure from Split

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in port, leave Split to navigate the rapids of stunning Cetina River on this full-day white-water rafting experience. After ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $73.82

Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

3 star rating: Worth doing 8 Reviews

Explore Diocletian Palace in Split on a walking tour, and see the highlights of the UNESCO-listed palace complex with an expert local guide. The 2-hour tour ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 2-5 hours

From USD $38.28

Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks at Split Port, head out to discover two of Croatia’s finest UNESCO World Heritage sites on a full-day shore excursion! Visit ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 3 hours 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.87

Split Bike Tour: City Highlights by Standard or Electric Bike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Discover top Split attractions as well as the locals’ favorite spots on a 3-hour bike tour! Pedal at a leisurely pace and visit leafy Marjan Hill plus ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.62

Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

When your cruise ship docks in Split Port, head back in time on a 1.5-hour walking tour of Diocletian Palace! Once an Imperial residence, the impressive palace ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.28

Private Tour: Split Day Trip from Dubrovnik

Visit the Croatian coastal city of Split on a day trip from Dubrovnik, led by a private guide! Make the most of a flexible itinerary, and choose the top Split ...  Read more

Location: Split, Croatia
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.18
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