Host City - Split
Diocletian Palace and the entire historical core of Split have been on the World Heritage UNESCO list ever since 1979, and not only for the extraordinary preservation of the Palace, but also because the Palace and its city (or the city and its Palace, if you like) continue to live a full life. All historical layers from the old Rome, middle ages till today are still visible and alive in this structure. A walk through the ancient city takes you through time, along the great examples of ancient architecture like Peristyle, the middle aged Romanesque Church and Gothic Palace, Renaissance portals of the noblemen’s houses, Baroque facades and modern architecture superbly merged in the rich heritage.
Such stratification is mirrored in everyday life of Split. Local
inhabitants sit in the same cafes, restaurants, shop in the same stores
as tourists, giving them the impression that, by arriving to Split, they
became a part of the city and its rhythm. The vegetable market and the
fish market represent the centre of each family’s life in Split, just as
the entire social life of this city of 200 thousand reflects on the
Riva (waterfront), where every guest should endeavour to have his coffee
alongside noisy, temperamental folk of Split.
Diocletian`s Palace (UNESCO heritage site)
The historic center of Split is built around the remains of this Roman palace. You only need to wander around to experience it but you can also pay to visit the excavated remains of the basement of the palace. It is probably the best preserved Roman palace in general.
St. Duje`s cathedral
Originally built around 305 AD as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Diocletian (the oldest cathedral building in the world). The Cathedral is also a very beautiful mixture of Roman temple and Catholic church.
Peristil square (Peristylium)
Main square of Diocletian`s palace with well preserved Roman architecture.
Ancient Roman temple which became St. John`s church.
Two original Egyptian sphinxes
One is located on Peristil square, and the other in front of Jupiter`s temple or St. John`s church. They were brought from Egypt by Roman emperor Diocletian.
The main city promenade. Since 2007. Riva has a new, "modern" look, which is not accepted by most of the people.
A hill situated on the west of Split.