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Exploring the Roman culture of Croatia in the city of Split

Split: Roman City of Croatia

Split

We can't have enough of Croatia. From the historic cities of Split and Dubrovnik to the stone beauty of Trogir, or the off-beat Riviera of Europe- Makarska, Croatia has it all. Home to beautiful coastlines, stunning lakes and forests, national parks fascinating history, and tempting wines, you will find everything in Croatia. There is nothing that you won't find here.

Spending time in Croatia should be on your top list. And what better way to make a memorable trip other than spending time in the second-largest city of Croatia? Split is a perfect blend of beaches, historical sights, museums, and scenic spots to wander, making it an ideal destination to visit again and again.

Planning a trip to Croatia? Let's visit Split.

What to See in Split

Diocletian's Palace

A retirement sea residence of Roman Prince and his family, Diocletian's Palace is one of the top places to be visited in Split. Split is one of those cities, which is historic yet modern. Situated in the heart of the city, this palace is one of the top tourist places in Croatia. A walled wonder in Croatia's second-largest city is a 1700 years old palace with no lifeless ruins.

The immense wall of this palace surrounded multiple temples, churches, apartments, museums, hotels, markets, and whatnot. It is one of those palaces in which the city still resides. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this palace is one of the monumental works in the world where people still live their lives; children play football, and cats still curl up in the windows.

Split is all about this palace, and the heart of the city resides insides this.

Palace in Split

image credit: Dennis Jarvis

Temple of Jupiter

A small ancient Roman Sanctuary, situated in the ruins of Diocletian's Palace, is one of the significant landmarks when it comes to places to visit in Croatia. A reasonably small building located near the central courtyard of the palace, stands opposite to the emperor's mausoleum. Dated back to 295 to 305 AD, the Temple of Jupiter is an integral part of this palace. There is a lot of history to this temple as it is believed that Romans built it in honor of Jupiter, the god of sky and thunder. Other than that, the indoor and outdoor architectural and decorative elements of the temple are worth noticing. This is one of those great places, which shouts Roman elegance and culture.

All you need to do is while roaming around in the city center of Split visit the home to the oldest image of Croatian King that remains intact today.

Cathedral of St. Domnius

One of the city's main symbols was the city's bell tower and the Cathedral of St. Domnius. The oldest Catholic Church in the World, St. Domnius Cathedral is strictly dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Below the Cathedral, lies a crypt, which turned into the chapel of St. Lucy in some centuries. It is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman Buildings which is still standing.

The exterior of the building is still one of the most exquisite sites built by the Romans. The tall Romanesque Bell Tower was a much later addition, in which one can climb and see the whole skyline of Split and sunset in the Adriatic Sea.

This is one of the best places to visit when on a trip to Split.

Cathedral in Split

image credit: Paulo O

Meander the Museums

Being one of the most historical places in the World, Split is home to several museums holding great importance in history.

Split has always been a top priority for historians to understand the history of Romans and Early Christianity. Split has been home to lots of findings, and what better way to understand the city other than exploring the museum? Split is home to many museums, including the Archeological Museum. It contains fascinating artifacts from the Roman and the Early Christian Period.

Other than that, another worth visiting museum is the Ethnographic Museum. It is home to a collection of Costumes, crafts, tools, ornaments, and much more, dating back to Early life.

Other than these, there are many more museums worth visiting, making it a home for many historians.

What to do in Split

Spend an evening at the Promenade at Riva

Europe is all about relaxing and spending time with your friends or having a romantic getaway with your partner. And what better way to celebrate that other than spending time at the Promenade at Riva. While strolling around in the old town and the market, visiting Riva, the city's waterfront Promenade is one of the best things to do. After a hectic day visiting the historical places, all one wants is to sit by the water and have local Croatian Wines and spend the evening with your loved ones.

Riva in Split

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Spend time on the beach watching a game of Picigin

Visiting Croatia, and not going to any beach? How is it possible? Beaches by the Adriatic Seas is one of the most off-beat beaches. Spending time by the teal-blue water and reminiscing about your trip while playing water sports is the perfect way to spend the summer in Croatia.

One of the best beaches in Split is Kasjuni Beach. A little out of the town, this beach is about 15 minutes drive from the city center. This beach is a little less crowded and is the perfect spot for a romantic getaway with your partner.

Marveling the beauty of this beach is all one could ask for. Located in the Marjan forest area, one side is covered with high palm trees with all the greenery, and the other hand, it gives an excellent view of the Adriatic Sea. This is one of the most famous sunset viewpoints in Split.

Other than that, one can also see people playing the game of Picigin. A water sport played in shallow water where people prevent the ball from touching the water. It is a fun sport to be played with a friend.

Thus, Split is one such place that gives the best of all the worlds.

Visit Old Town of Split

Who doesn't like to shop when they are in Europe? And Europe is famous for its medieval-looking small old towns, where there is a touch of modernization, yet keep the history intact. The small streets with houses on top and children running around playing football are what you will experience while exploring Split's old town. This is one of the most visited areas which keep on buzzing with tourists, especially in summers.

Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Wine Shops, Market, Local Artisans are what you will be experiencing here. Live music in the evening at the squares, along with people dancing on the beats is the perfect place that one would want to visit.

Other than that, there are various villas with pools in Split that one can rent and spend time with your loved ones.

Being one of the most historical places in the world, Split is the best place to visit when you are on a trip to Croatia. Ranging from hilltops to beaches to nightlife and parties on the beaches, Split is in itself a perfect place to visit.

Now all you have to do is pack your bags, book a ticket and jump into a plane to Split.

Split old town