Today Split is is one of the most important ‘’old-timers’’ cities with its rich history and cultural heritage that has exceptional southern Mediterranean spirit. The city lives at a slow pace so when you find yourself at it’s squares and in it’s restaurants and cafes croweded with people every day will feel like a holiday.
Diocletian Palace and the historical core of the city are under UNESCO protection. In 1979. they were listed in the register of World Culture Heritage. Roman emperor’s palace originally had a residential character as a luxurious villa and at the same time it was fortified castle. It was build in record time, between 293 and 305. Diocletian Palace contibuted a lot to the development of this city that later spread on it’s walls. Today it is one of the most significant lete antique architecture not only because of it’s preservation but also known for it’s original construction solutions and forms. It is considered that not until 16th century did all entrances got their sonorous names: north entrance – Porta Aurea, eastern – Porta Argentea, western – Porta Ferrea, and southern – Porta Aenea. Accordingly that means: golden, silver, iron and brass.
Peristyle has allways been the heart of the Palace and the city since it’s by far most important and historiclly rather old imperial square. Some things were demolished, some altered, some holes were made; things were patched and built as such strained circumstances allowed. But, no matter time and centuries that has past it is still unique antique place where you can stamble upon an unusual coexistance of sphinxes, sarcophagi, early Christian crosses, medieval tombs, roman temples...etc.
The Split cathedral itself is the oldest building housing a Catholic cathedral in the world, as one part of it emerged from the Mausoleum built by the Emperor Diocletian. Today his last resting place is one of the smallest cathedrals in the world. It is consecrated to the St. Domnius - first Salona bishop who later became the patron saint of the City of Split. Diocletian had killed him to prevent the spreading of Christianity throughout his empire during the last Roman persecution of the Christians in 304. AD. together with other Salonitan martyrs. Isn’t this an irony?
Underground Halls of Diocletian Palace were originally only a substructure to hold the upper part but these cellers enabled us to see the exact ground-plan of the south part of the palace where the emperor Diocletian lived with his family and suite. Today, these halls have significant part in everyday life of this town. Durring restaurations of western part of basement halls some stone elements of structure older than Palace that existed here were discovered, together with the part of the marble table in Diocletian triclinium dining room!
In front of the main entrance to the Palace next to the Golden Gates there is a brass statue that was made by well-known artist Ivan Meštrović. Bishop of Nin stand himself out in 10th century on church congregations where he spoke for the right to serve masses in mothertongue language since the Latin was official language for all the Christian serveces.
This is the legendary beach where the story about Picigin - unique sport game which is slowly becoming a tourist brand began. This year there will be 4th World Championship in Picigin!
Most important green surface of the entire area from where you can have rhe magnificent panoramic view of all the city is Marjan. On its slopes in the early spring blossoms the plant of yellowish flower that local people call Brnistra but the Greeks called it Aspalthos when they named this town.
Napoleon’s France came into possession of Dalmatia after short Austrian administration by their peace-treaty in 1805. At that time Auguste Fréderic Louis de Marmont was appointed for the military commander in Split. This general governor of all Illyrian provinces indebted the city when he undrtook many renovations during his short rule.
Built in neo-Renaissance forms this large square was named after famous Venetian original. Complex was built in 1844. on the ground where in Marmont’s time was a large green public park.
On a good weather, no person in Split will miss walking down to the fish market not only just to buy something but also to see what is there and to hear all the news and local gossips from talkative fishmongers. This colorful place is in the center next to the town’s Thermal sulphurous baths and that is why there are no flies or other flying intruders on Fish-market.
Dišpet is the local word for stubbornness or pure spite. It could be said that this word is Split's best motto. There is no word in English for Figa just a similar saying like «talk to the hand». What normal city would make a monument to such a figure, probably none?!
Split is the city whose inhabitants with specific Mediterranean opinionative and decisive temperament live in “slow pace” since the life rhythm is somewhat slower than the one at west. Especially during summer period you will feel this vibrant pulse of local people strolling down through stone paved small Dalmatian streets often stopping to enjoy in harmonius sounds of only one of its kind traditional clappa folk singing. It is close-harmony a cappella singing and performed songs usually involve gentle soft love lyrics towards a person, sea and other natural beauties of Dalmatia. So stop and listen and you won’t regret it.
Split is town of live Dalmatian spirit that combines tradition and urban life. It’s sociable citizens particulary durring summer rarely stay at home, they seek fun and company so this lively town offers something to everyone. For those who want to spend peaceful evening in the heart of the town and in pleasant ambience alongside light music and drink can do that in numerous bars, bistros and restaurants that offer that kind of fun. If you are interested in cultural happenings not to be missed nowadays are the evenings of the "Split Summers", theatre events.