Temple of Jupiter Tours

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Temple of Jupiter
Dedicated to the Ancient Roman king of gods, the Temple of Jupiter was constructed in the 3rd century as part of Diocletian's Palace and is considered to be one of the most well-preserved Roman temples in the world. Diocletian believed he was the reincarnation of Jupiter, who was highly worshipped until the Roman Empire was taken over by Christian rule.

The Basics
The Temple of Jupiter may be small, but it offers a lot to see, including the headless sphinx that guards the entrance, the huge baptismal font, the many sculptures depicting Roman Gods, and sarcophagi of archbishops buried within. The temple is most often visited on a walking tour of other Diocletian’s Palace sites such as the underground cellars, the Cathedral of St. Domnius, and Peristyle Square.  

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Roman history buffs won’t want to miss one of the best-preserved Ancient Roman temples in the world.
  • For the best deal, purchase a combination ticket for the Temple of Jupiter and other Diocletian’s Palace sites.
  • Visit the Temple of Jupiter on a walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace to learn more about the temple’s unique history and architecture.

How to Get There
The Temple of Jupiter is located within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace near Peristyle Square, the palace’s central courtyard, and opposite Diocletian’s mausoleum. Diocletian’s Palace is a pedestrian-only zone, so the only way of getting to the temple is by walking.

When to Get There
Diocletian’s Palace can be quite busy during the high summer season (July and August), so visit early in the morning to escape both the crowds and the midday heat. Although the Temple of Jupiter is open year-round, it may have reduced hours in winter—be sure to check in advance.

The Story Behind Jupiter’s Headless Sphinx
The headless black granite sphinx that looks as though it’s guarding the entryway to the temple was one of 12 sphinxes brought from Egypt, as ordered by the Romans. During the fall of the Roman Empire, Christians were thought to have destroyed the head because they thought it represented a pagan symbol.
Address: Kraj Sv Ivana, Split, Croatia
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Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace and Trogir Tour

Disembark from your cruise shop at the Port of Split and then meet your guide to explore two incredible UNESCO-listed sites on this half-day shore excursion. Start off by indulging in Diocletian’s Palace, one of the most unique sites in the world, where a former Roman Emperor’s palace, has become a part of the city with shops and residences and cafés in various nooks and rooms of the palace. Then go to Trogir, an off-the-radar town near Split that boasts narrow cobbled alleyways and jaw-dropping architecture. 
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Diocletian Palace Walking Tour and Optional Trip to Trogir

Discover the ins and outs, secrets and secluded spots of Diocletian’s Place in Split, a UNESCO-World Heritage-listed spot, with a knowledgeable local guide as you traverse this 1,700-year-old palace that has become a part of the city. The 1.5-hour tour takes you through the palace to Peristyle Square, underground cellars, the Temple of St. Jupiter and the Cathedral of St. Duje. And if that’s not enough, upgrade the tour to include an additional 2-hour tour of nearby Trogir, a stunningly gorgeous small town that is beautifully preserved and off the radar to many tourists. 
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Split Shore Excursion: Diocletian Palace Walking Tour

Explore Diocletian’s Palace — the UNESCO-listed palace complex once home to Roman emperor Diocletian — in the heart of Split on this 1.5-hour shore excursion. Discover how the one-time Imperial residence grew into a city within a city as you wander amid grand squares, well-preserved temples and Romanesque churches. See highlights such as Peristyle Square, the Temple of Jupiter and St Duje Cathedral, and learn more about the rags-to-riches emperor and the city of Split.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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