A portrait of Croatia in 100 images

#6 Split – Diocletian’s Palace

Street in Diocletian’s Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), with wooden bracing between buildings. Split, February 2011

Built for the Roman emperor Diocletian between 295 and 305 AD, Diocletian’s Palace later became home to the population of nearby Salona, who moved in when their hometown was sacked by the Avars, and never really left. Over the centuries people have continued to build palaces, houses and apartments within the Roman complex itself, and a residential area developed alongside it, the two now blending almost seamlessly. The building on the right is the Marulić Palace (so, a palace within a palace), where the Croatian writer Marko Marulić is said to have been born in the 15th century.
Photo © Rudolf Abraham. No unauthorized use.

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