We took the 1Kuna tour in Split and we learned a lot about Diocletian's Palace. Our guide liked to point out that there are a lot of people that still live within the palace walls and those people use some of the ruins. This column is now an outside table!
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Peristyle At Dawn
I took advantage of jetlag to get up very early in the morning while staying in Split, and venture through Diocletian's palace. You gain a whole new perspective when there are no people. It is extremely quiet, almost peaceful. The stones on the plaza at the Peristyle look wet, but are in fact polished from millions of footsteps. The bells of the Cathedral of St. Dominus ring loudly, signaling the start of every morning, and tourists begin to flock within the palace walls.
Just before the Belltower at the Cathedral of St. Dominus closed, we were able to purchase entry and climb the stairs. It just so happened to be the night that the city was celebrating Croatia's admittance into the European Union earlier in the summer.
While at the top of the belltower, professional climbers ventured out onto the exterior and unfurled a giant EU flag so that the entire city could see it. It was quite amazing to see the city from this high up, but to also witness such a moment was pretty amazing.
Take a Walking Tour of Diocletian's Palace in Seaside Split, Croatia
In Split, Croatia, residents’ ancestries can be just as intriguing as the remnants of the city’s Roman palace – something that we discovered on a superb walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our host for the afternoon, history-teacher-turned-guide, Dino Ivančić, exuded passion for Split’s history, yet we found that he’s rather modest about his own. Incredibly, Dino’s roots in Split go back more than 1,000 years.
Dino whisked us past what still remains of the Palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian – its walls, basement, Mausoleum (now the St. Duje Cathedral), Peristyle, Vestibule, and Jupiter’s Temple (now the baptistery). Afterwards, we enjoyed a traditional Dalmatian lunch at the nearby and cozy Konoba Varos restaurant.
For the full details: http://triciaannemitchell.com/2014/01/04/diocletian-palace-split-walking-tour/
Our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qkMNS9FQVKw