7 Interesting Facts about Diocletian Palace in Split Croatia

Diocletian PalaceThere are many intriguing things to do for those vacationing in Split, Croatia’s second largest city. Among the highest-ranked of the must-sees is the Diocletian Palace, a UNESCO world heritage site built by Emperor Diocletian during his bloody fourth century reign. Much of the Split Croatia tourism industry rests on its gem, the Diocletian Palace. Here are seven interesting facts about Diocletian Palace in Split Croatia to get your mind stimulated and your travel-legs moving:

1. The palace took over ten years to build and measures two-hundred fifteen meters east to west and twenty-six meters high.

2. The Diocletian Palace in Split is built like a city within a city, fortified by its high surrounding walls on the outside and containing a grid-work of monumental courts, temples, apartments and cult buildings on the inside.

3. The palace structure is split by a wide road linking the east and west gates, into a southern sea-front half that housed the Emperor and a northern half that housed residents, soldiers, and servants.

4. Built from local limestone, tufa, and brick, the palace imported marble, granite columns, and Egyptian sphinxes for its decoration.

5. The Perystile is the northern-side monumental court, giving access to Diocletian’s Mausoleum, a treasure-trove of ancient ornate alters, cathedral doors, and pulpits. Of all the palace sights, the Mausoleum ranks among the most picture-worthy.

6. Diocletian Palace walking tours are inexpensive and take place year round. There is no need to book in advance, and groups get discounted rates.

7. The palace is not just a place to go if you want to take in ancient ruins, but is also home to a bustling marketplace and many shops and restaurants.

There are several Split Croatia hotels within walking distance of the palace, regardless of your budget. Book your trip to Split and plan on staying a while because its charm is sure to sweep you off your feet.