Split was our final stop in Croatia and after being somewhat disappointed by most cities on our tour, we arrived with low expectations. It turned out that this would be the one city we found highly appealing and interesting.
Split as many other Croatian towns, is built on the fundaments of a Roman town, in this case not only of a Roman town, but the city core is actually built within the ruins of an old, admittedly over-sized, palace. The 4 original palace gates still stand and you can enter the city through either of them. Within the palace walls, you will find all the important buildings, market places, churches, the cathedral and many more.
On our first evening we just let ourselves drift through the town and see where it took us, we entered the town through the gate you can see on the right and it led us straight to the cathedral, which is, in itself, a sight to see. Originally the mausoleum of the dying Roman emperor, it was turned into a church and then the cathedral later on. It’s tower was built completely separately from the church itself and seems to stand all by itself. In front of it you can see, yet again, leftovers of the Roman palace.
The cathedral, as well as many of the other buildings date back to old ages, some even to the third or fourth century and in particular the art inscribed onto the cathedral still shows some very distinct traits of this. I particularly loved the lion in the picture on the right.
On the next day, we chose a more oriented path and visited most of the “must sees of Split” again, then we went up to the top of the cathedral’s tower. The view was breath taking, looking out onto a sea of roofs in one direction, the real sea in another direction and mountains and hills in yet another direction. After that much work on a Friday morning, we allowed ourselves the afternoon of on the beach before returning home.
Oh, and yes, I’m sure you already figured it out: Split’s town center or palace is also UNESCO world heritage.