The Palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian is an ancient building in Split, Croatia. It was built by the emperor at the turn of the 4th century AD. Diocletian built the palace as preparation for his retirement on 1 May 305 AD. The palace faces a bay about 4 miles from the Roman provincial capital of Salona.
After the Romans abandoned the site, Diocletian's Palace remained a derelict for centuries until the 7th century, when locals sought refuge there against invading barbarians. It has been occupied since then. The locals established homes and businesses within the palace basement and directly in its walls, many of which can be seen today.
The Diocletian's Palace is the most important historical building in Split. It was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Cairo and Luxor, Egypt, on 22-26, October, 1979.
Photos of Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
Interior of Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia
Author: Minestrone (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)
Northern wall of Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia
Author: Samuli Lintula (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported)
World Heritage Site Inscription Details
Location: N 43 30 33.984 E 16 26 35.988 in the County of Split-Dalmatia
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, III, IV
Location Map of Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
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Visiting Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
Split is served by the second biggest airport in Croatia. Split Airport (SPU) receives scheduled flights from major European cities. Buses run between the airport and the city. The fare is 30 kunas.