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January 10th

Exploring Split and Area

October 27 to 30, 2011

Gregorius of NinAfter our two-hour ferry trip back to Split we walked to the Art Hotel through the market next to the Diocletian’s Palace. We actually returned there shortly after checking in and freshening up. The Diocletian’s Palace is another UNESCO heritage site and has a remarkable amount of history. The Roman Emperor Diocletian as a retirement home built the palace. The emperor was born in Dalmatia and built the palace just outside of the administrative centre of Salona that was the capital of Dalmatia. When Diocletian died the palace sat empty for a while until the locals were somewhat forced into it in order to protect themselves from barbarian invaders. As a result it became the beginning of the city of Split.

We spent the afternoon wandering the streets of the palace that were somewhat similar to both Dubrovnik and Trogir, yet seemingly more frequented. We visited the Cathedral of Saint Dominus, which, while not huge, was very impressive inside. The catholic cathedral was actually built on a site of a temple in which Dicoletian persecuted Christians earlier. We also visited John the Baptist’s baptistery, formerly a temple to Jupiter during Diocletian’s time. There was a headless black sphinx, one of three or four that were brought to the city that were maybe 4,000 years old. After freshening up at the hotel we had dinner at a Konoba before retiring for the night.

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