Split - Must Visit in Dalmacija!

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The culture and history of this coastal city make Split one of the must-see cities in Croatia...

Located in Dalmatia, Split is the largest coastal city in Croatia. The town was founded in the third century AD when the Roman Emperor Diocletian built a palace here. In fact, the palace still remains intact after all these years.

The city is easily accessible by plane via Zagreb - the airport also has connections to various international cities. From here you can take a ferry to some of the Adriatic islands, including Korcula, Vis, and Lastovo.

A coastal ferry service operates between here and Rijeka in the north, and Dubrovnik in the south. You can even take a ferry to Ancona, Italy for the day.

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Diocletian's Palace - THE Attraction

No trip to this fantastic city is complete without a visit to Diocletian's palace! Situated in the heart of the city, the palace contains a treasure trove of monuments, such as the Peristile (an open space in the palace with a colonnade of six columns.)

The palace is 1,700 years old, and has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1979.

It's one of the best preserved imperial palaces of this time period in the world! No other palace or building from Roman times has remained in the same condition as Diocletian's palace in Split.

The city was originally called "Spalato", meaning "little palace", after Diocletian's palace.

A lot of people come here every year for this attraction alone!

Although it's remarkably well-preserved, only a few sections of the original palace remain.

Today you can view the Episcopal residence of the city and the church of St. Domnus, in which the saint rests - this was also the original resting place of Diocletian himself. Underneath the church and other sections of the palace are vaults built by Diocletian for the purpose of imprisoning and torturing Christians of the time.

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In the summer the city Festival is a popular cultural event, especially for tourists. The number of events here grows each year to attract more tourism to the area. Some new events include the Busker festival, also held in the summer, a concert series held in the Diocletian Cellars, the changing of the guard on the Peristile, and the Nights of Diocletian.

The hotels and restaurants here are top-notch, so you never have to worry about where to rest your head at night or grab a bite to eat. In addition to Diocletian's Palace, which is the main attraction of the city, there are countless other historical spots that you shouldn't miss when you visit Croatia.

Visit one of the many museums if you have the time - the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, the City Museum, Ethnographic Museum, the Treasury of Split Cathedral, the Art Gallery, and Mestrovic's Gallery.

Film buffs will be pleased to know that the city holds a film festival each year showcasing independent and studio films.

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