DIOCLETIAN’S palace in split

Ancient palace built by Roman Emperor Diocletian


The introduction shows the endless natural beauty of this area which has encouraged people to live in harmony with their environment over the course of many centuries. For years people have been building our beautiful, rich and recognizable cultural and architectural monuments.
Diocletian’s Palace – is an ancient palace built by Roman Emperor Diocletian in Split. He erected it around the year 300 and resided in it from the time he renounced the throne in the year 305 until his death in the year 316. The palace was built in the bay of a peninsula five kilometers southwest of Salona, the capital city of the Roman province of Dalmatia. By its composition, it carries the elements of an imperial villa, a Hellenistic town and a fortified military camp (castrum). In its layout design the palace was envisioned as a rectangle, but while adapting to the terrain during construction slight variations were imposed (east: 214.97 m, north: 174.74, south: 181.65 m). The front walls of the palace are solid and simple with no openings in the lower half and large arched windows above. The windows facing inland (on the western, northern and eastern façades) are simple, whereas those on the southern façade, facing the sea, are separated with cornices, panels and pilasters. The outer walls of the palace, with the exception of the western wall, are predominantly well preserved.

Split as an endless source of inspiration to artists from around the world

Efforts are being invested in the candidacy of the city of Split for the title of European Capital of Culture 2020. The facilities mentioned earlier could be built as part of these efforts. With this in mind there is Prof. Boris Magaš’ conceptual design of the “New Basilica” in the eastern wing of the “embrace” of the city harbor across from the Sustipan Peninsula.

Robert Adam, Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian, 1764, Plate XIX, general section of the palace from east to west • The watercolor painting by Rudolf von Altader Domplatz in Spalato - 1841, and the graphic drawing by Robert Adam, Plate XIII Spalato - Kaiserpalast Vestibulium Fassadendetail - 1764

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