Palazzo di Diocleziano
Palazzo di Diocleziano
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The ruins of the Roman Emperor Diocletian's palace date back to the late 3rd to early 4th century A.D.
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, United Kingdom179,643 contributions
    Stylish & Atmospheric Old Palace
    The former retirement home of the Emperor Diocletian, this palace complex is one of the most imposing ancient Roman structures in existence in the western part of the Roman Empire. No expense had been spared in building the complex and what’s left today is a stunning peristyle that everyone wants to see and substructures that make up the cellars. The rest of the palace complex makes up much of the Old Town of Split. Keep in mind that the Peristyle is free to visit. The cellars and St. Dominus Cathedral are not.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 24, 2023
  • Mary J
    2 contributions
    Beautiful building
    Amazing building with very interesting history. Very beautiful city and people are so friendly. We walked around the building and saw every corner of it. It is very interesting and beautiful, especially if you love history and monuments. We will be back for sure.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 25, 2023
  • donavan94563
    Orinda, California212 contributions
    A Few Days in Split after Dalmation Island Cruise.
    Had a few days in Split after Dalmation Island Cruise. Diocletian's Palace is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, which today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia. While it is referred to as a "palace" because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian's personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison. Diocletian Palace is one of the best preserved monuments of the Roman architecture in the world. The Emperor's Palace was built as a combination of a luxury villa - summer house and a Roman military camp (castrum), divided into four parts with two main streets. Southern part of the Palace was, in this scheme, intended for the Emperor's apartment and appropriate governmental and religious ceremonies, while the north part was for the Imperial guard - the military, servants, storage etc. The Palace is a rectangular building (approximately 215 x 180 meters) with four large towers at the corners, doors on each of the four sides and four small towers on the walls. The lower part of the walls has no openings, while the upper floor is open with a monumental porch on the south and halls with grand arch windows on the other three sides. Over the centuries the Palace inhabitants, and later also the citizens of Split adapted parts of the palace for their own requirements, thus the inside buildings as well as the exterior walls with the towers significantly changed the original appearance, but the outlines of the Imperial Palace are still very visible. Today the remains of the palace are part of the historic core of Split, which in 1979 was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Although, the old town is quite expensive its a great place to explore the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Old Town and the promenade along Marjan Park. If you are a Game of Thrones fan, there are many spots throughout the old town which were used in the filming. Check out one of the many YouTube videos. Due to the crowds and temperature during the day, its best to stroll in the early evening and have dinner within the one of the restaurants along restaurant row at night ending with gelato. Expensive but quite picturesque and worth the price to take in the nighttime vibe.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Emily C
    5 contributions
    Good Day Trip
    We got the €15 purple tickets for access to the treasury, crypt, temple, bell tower and cathedral. There was both lots and not much to see. Everything is right on top of eachother in a fairly small square and is much smaller than I had thought based on my research. I personally enjoyed going around and seeing everything but we did go during the extreme heatwave and so found it very very hot and very busy. If you're going to go I would say just get the purple ticket as it's the best value for money but take plenty of water. If you're interested in how the stuff got there, the tour groups that were visiting seemed to be armed with more information than what was around to read so if you find one in your language do listen in!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Maxcie S
    Birmingham, Alabama108 contributions
    Amazing place to visit. A historical treasure
    Amazing place to visit. It is unbelievable that this palace has been inhabited for over 2000 years. Truly spectacular buildings and ruins inside the palace. Excavated tile floors with beautiful mosaics, a sphinx that is over 3000 years old and architecture that is astounding
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
    Stunning Roman Style Palace
    Unbelievably well maintained Roman palace/fortress. Detail is amazing with so many ancient structures to explore and enjoy. With all the alley ways, side street, main areas along with churches makes for an amazing journey through history of Croatia. Good to have a guide if possible, as wandering around yourself easy to miss hidden gems and historical buildings.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 27, 2023
  • MichaelCoffey
    Kincardine, United Kingdom176 contributions
    Extraordinary, enthralling and delightful.
    What an extraordinary place! The third century retirement retreat of Diocletian is now bustling hive of shops, restaurants , bars and apartments and walking the winding streets and alleys is a delight. Its structures provide a fascinating visual history of the many powers which have ruled over the city of Split. In my 70 years I have never seen anything quite like it; where els can you find a Spar convenience store in a former Venetian palace? A delight.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 29, 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,146 contributions
    Really interesting mix of ancient and modern
    We had a tour guide show us through the palace, and we didn't enter any areas requiring extra fees, only those that were free to access. Just walking through and listening to her, we learned a lot about Diocletian and this palace, his retirement home. The most fascinating part was seeing examples of both ancient/original construction and new construction right next to each other, and observing the ways that almost 2000 years of continuous inhabitation has changed some things and left others the same. We only spent a couple hours here, but it was a fascinating place to wander and observe.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 23, 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain11,475 contributions
    Wonderful Palace integrated in the old town
    Palazzo di Diocleziano (or Diocletian's Palace) is located in the old town of Split, a city in the Center of Dalmatia Region. In fact, it is part of the old town. It is a Roman palace built by Diocletian, a Roman emperor. When the empire falls, people come here and the city of Split was born. Nowadays, you can walk around some streets, which were inside the palace and you can see ruins of it, which are located next to Silver Gate. Also, you can see the perystile, some rooms of the palace or temples, which nowadays are squares, museums or little churches. Also the gates of the walls, really they are the main gates of this Roman palace. Incredible, wonderful old town! Also, you can walk around catacombs, where you can see an archeological museum and a real market. Fantastic! Integrated in the palace, also there are other buildings like the cathedral or Middle Ages palaces. One of the most old towns curious in the world! Top!
    Visited October 2022
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 28, 2023
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom1,393 contributions
    Amazing place of rich history
    This is the Palace which made Split famous and it's the magnet bringing visitors to the city. It was built as a complex of several buildings, now mostly in ruin and the walls are used as part of newbuild restaurants, shops and apartments. During our visit it was overcrowded what we expected. Part of the complex was Diocletian's Mausoleum built to house the remains of the emperor after his death which turned in year 653 into St, Domnius Cathedral after being consecrated by the first bishop of Split and it makes it the second oldest Catholic cathedral in the world.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
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Antoni W
Krakow, Poland124 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
City center, within the ancient walls of a Palace. Filled with restaurants cafés souvenirs shops, overlooking the harbour. Great place to visit lovely for a walk, a meal, or to sit and relax near the see. Highly recommended to visit and see the blend of medieval Croatia and ancient roman influences.
Written February 21, 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA2,011 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
I was expecting an actual palace. Instead, Diocletian Palace is a huge area (most of old town) that now has tourist shops, restaurants and hotels. If you just walked in you’d likely have no idea you were in a palace and instead would think you are in a walled town. If you take a walking tour you get a pretty good explanation of the palace and what you are seeing along with the historical significance. Seeing it with that context in mind, makes you see that indeed it had been a palace.
Written January 17, 2024
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,380 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
I had not read things that carefully before we arrived and thought that the palace was its own entity that you could visit. In actuality it is just this entire large area that encompasses a significant portion of old town. There are separate portions such as the Cathedral and bell tower, the treasury, and the underground where you can purchase solo tickets or packages to see several. Also inside the walls of the palace are several restaurants, shops and narrow walking streets. You can wander the bulk of the palace area freely and see the structures but need to purchase tickets for the aforementioned areas as well as a few others. It’s an interesting mix of the old Roman structures from the end of the 3rd century blended with the church and random housing all built together using common walls and other portions of the initial structures.
Written December 4, 2023
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mdflanigan
Dublin, Ireland7 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
Really cool experience to walk within the walls of a Roman emperor’s palace and the view from the bell tower was unparalleled. It did get fairly crowded during the day
Written December 2, 2023
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Kawaii D
The Netherlands201 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Visited on July 2022.

The date we gone, its was very busy and for some reason there were stages and screens blocking half of the place. For what we have seen it looks really nice.
Written November 23, 2023
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MateuszK
Jaworzno, Poland63 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Probably the most popular place to visit in Split. I can't imagine visiting this city without seeing Diocletian's Palace. Unfortunately, the place is visited by crowds of tourists. Still, a must-see in Split.
Written November 17, 2023
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Aidan R
19 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Exploring the Palazzo di Diocleziano in Split was a captivating journey into the past, showcasing the remarkable history of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sheer size and preservation of the palace are commendable, and the underground cellars are an intriguing highlight. However, while the historical significance is undeniable, the experience was somewhat hampered by the crowds and the limited information available on-site. More informative signage would have enhanced the visit. Nonetheless, the atmosphere and architecture make it a must-see in Split, offering a glimpse into the grandeur of the Roman era.
Written October 7, 2023
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Heli P
Helsinki, Finland6,406 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
A whole treasure-trove of souvenir artefacts opens underground by the entrance to the palace. Some jewellery is made of real Adriatic coral dived from the depths but most necklaces, rings and bracelets are made of less precious materials glass, ceramics and metal.
Written October 6, 2023
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Eva T
United Kingdom1,393 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is the Palace which made Split famous and it's the magnet bringing visitors to the city. It was built as a complex of several buildings, now mostly in ruin and the walls are used as part of newbuild restaurants, shops and apartments. During our visit it was overcrowded what we expected. Part of the complex was Diocletian's Mausoleum built to house the remains of the emperor after his death which turned in year 653 into St, Domnius Cathedral after being consecrated by the first bishop of Split and it makes it the second oldest Catholic cathedral in the world.
Written October 6, 2023
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Snowdrop777
Cambridge, UK55 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
very busy with tourists, but lots of restaurants to sit and people watch. The down side was the constant sulphur smell.
Written October 5, 2023
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