Diocletian's Palace

Museums Split

Some 1,700 years on, the Emperor Diocletian would still recognise his palace - or the shell of it, at least. This vast, rectangular complex fell into disuse in the sixth century, 300 years after its construction as a grand retirement home by the locally born leader of the Imperial Guard. In AD 614 refugees flooded in from nearby Salona (Solin) and locals have been eking out a living in its alcoves and alleyways ever since. Today its two-metre-thick (seven-foot) walls hide any number of shops, bars and businesses. Wandering aimlessly around the palace is one of Split's essential experiences. There is no ticket office or protocol – you just stroll in. Four gates guard its main entrances: Golden, Silver, Iron and Bronze. The latter gives access, through the basement of Diocletian's old Central Hall, now filled with souvenir and craft stalls, to the Riva embankment. Amid the chaos, added to over the centuries, two landmarks stand out: the courtyard of Peristil, a major crossing point, and, beside it, the Katedral Sveti Duje. In the north-east corner of the palace, the Split City Museum is worth visiting for the 15th-century Gothic building itself rather than sundry paintings and weaponry within.


Venue name: Diocletian's Palace
Address: Dioklecijanova 1
Opening hours: 24hrs daily
Transport: All buses to Riva

You may be interested in:

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
1 person listening

I'm not sure how Diocletian would feel about the use of his Palace now but it's an amazing place! You can indeed just wander in and out of the gates and get lost amongst the alleyways and architecture – we gave up on Google Maps at this point ;) The main church and belltower are beautiful and the underground marketplace was a nice find too!

We were lucky enough to see a wedding party happen in the square next to the market, in front of the church and it was amazing! They closed the entrance to the market and within seconds the square was full of red flares and dancing guests.

It's generally an amazing place where you can see the historical blend seamlessly with Split's modern lifestyle today.