Split is the biggest city in Dalmatia and after Zagreb, the second biggest city in Croatia. Like all other Croatian cities, especially on the coastline, the city has a long history. Even though the Greeks had their settlements there, the historians think that it actually started to develop with the construction of the famous summer palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian. The construction lasted for 10 years and the emperor resided here after he left the throne. The palace is one of the best preserved monuments of Roman architecture. The palace was actually built as a combination of a villa, summer residence and castrum, a roman army camp. It was divided in 4 parts by 2 important streets. The southern part of the palace was for the emperor, and the northern for the army. During the history people changed the palace quite a lot, but it still has very obvious palace contours. Now days, Split is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic.
OUR TIP: Explore the basements of the Diocletian’s palace.