Place for construction was not chosen by chance. It was built not far from the city salons, where the emperor was born. But to live in this new luxury place Roman Bishop did not, he died in the year 308. After his death, Diocletian's palace was abandoned, and only some of the Roman emperors occasionally appeared here, including the last ruler of the Western Empire Julius Nepos.
The raids of the barbarians in the V century forced the locals to move to the territory of this huge palace. Soon this building has grown into a small town, which was inhabited by about 4 thousand people. Of course, existing buildings inside the fort had to be rebuilt to accommodate normal everyday needs, which greatly changed his appearance. By XIV century the population has grown so much that it was necessary to go beyond the walls of the palace.
Diocletian's Palace in Split - Croatia's jewel
During the holidays, it is very interesting to take a walk with the children on the streets of the old town between the walls and the stones on which once marched the Roman soldiers.
Diocletian's Palace about
Diocletian's Palace, Croatia became the basis for all future European castles. The walls were built of limestone. Southern snow-white wall is rising straight from the sea. On top of the wall passed gallery,, where the emperor could walk freely, enjoying the sea views. There is a special gate at the bottom that could be approached only be by boat.
From the shores of the fortress seemed impregnable to enemies. White walls, rising to a height of 18-25 meters, were fitted with windows, illuminating the gallery guards. Each corner of the Palace strengthened tower. In addition, six towers guard the gate to the fortress. On the north wall there is the Golden Gate connecting the castle with the cabin. On the east - Silver Gate, on the west - Iron.
Walking through the Palace of Diocletian
The internal layout of the palace of Diocletian in Split consistent with the tradition of building the Roman camps. The two main streets intersect in the center, form the 4th quarter. It is worth noting that the streets were decorated with arcades, in the traditional style of the Roman Empire
Before the main entrance you can find Peristyle that is preserved open hall, intended for the carrying out of holidays and special celebrations. The hall with four sides was adorned with granite and marble columns. Here is the famous Sphinx that, according to the tradition, was brought from the tomb of Pharaoh Tuthmosis III in Egypt.
Many statues and monuments of ancient times and later encountered in the palace, will make your walk through the old Split interesting and informative.
A few interesting details
Through Peristyle could get into the lobby of the Imperial quarters - a large hall with a dome. The whole palace was lavishly decorated, many of the exhibits were brought from afar, particularly from the eastern countries, but this is due to the restructuring did not make it to this day.
In 653, construction began on the Cathedral of St.. Milking on the palace grounds. At the same time, the Diocletian's tombstone was destroyed, and later the bell tower was built next to.
Now the city of Split is a famous tourist destination. Diocletian's Palace, together with the other monuments of antiquity and the Middle Ages, attracts thousands of people.
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Thanks to blogers Ilya Krjuchkov and Dyrzu Marianna for kindly providing photos