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Split is the second largest city in Croatia and one of the biggest ports on the Mediterranean. It is situated in the south of Croatia, on a peninsula. Because of its position and vast rich history today Split is a combination of a port, industrial and tourist city. Since it has evolved throughout the history its shape, size and primary function. The town started as a palace used for the retirement of the Roman emperor called Diocletian, in the early parts of the 4th century. The Palace is the most famous tourist attraction in Split today. Over the coming centuries it has grown in size and the many new inhabitants have settled outside of the walls of the Palace. With time it has shifted from being “just” a port city, to also and industrial and in the most recent future – a tourist destination. Along with the Palace the main attractions are the old part of the town located around the same Palace, the park forest of Marjan Hill, various museums, the seaside promenade called Riva or enjoy one of the many various beaches around the city. There is also a massive offer of other very interesting activities such as: island hoping, sea kayaking, rock climbing, room escape, bike tours, Segway tours, pub crawls etc.

Split is also the biggest transit port in Croatia, as the main port is used for visiting Croatia’s most popular islands: Hvar, Vis, Brač. Šolta and Korčula. Its position and large infrastructure are the perfect spot for the start of your cruising vacation.

Additional Info About Split

Airport and transport – freeway (A1); railway; ferries (the third busiest port in the Mediterranean; regularly between central Dalmatian islands, big Dalmatian cities and Italy (Ancona and Pescara)); international airport Split (Kaštela; 20 km).

History – in 6th century BC a Greek colony; the first inhabitant of Split was the Roman emperor Diocletian (AD 244 – 311; ruled Rome from 284 to 305; started to build his palace around 293 AD, after retirement from politics in 305 withdrew to luxurious Diocletian’s Palace of 38,000 m²); this opulent palace and its surroundings were at times inhabited by a population as large as 8,000 to 10,000 people; the following turbulent centuries made the palace into a town first populated by the citizens of the nearby Salona (former capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia; today Solin; according to historians, at that time, surpassed in size only by Rome).

Interesting to see: remains of Diocletian’s Palace (3rd century); the Cathedral of St. Duje (the main part is 3rd century; 17th century chorus and 12th century Bell Tower; Cathedral’s wooden doors, 13th century with 14 scenes from the life of Jesus Christ); Golden Gate (4th century); chapel of St. Martin (7th century); Silver Gate (3rd century); Iron Gate (4th century); church “Gospa od Zvonika” (11th century); Brass Gate (3rd century); Vestibul (3rd century); church St. Andrija (7th century); Temple of Jupiter (4th century); Peristil (4th century); the Cellars (4th century; art exhibitions and theatre plays are regularly organized here); church St. Nikola na Gori (13th century); church Our Lady of Good Advice (16th century); church Our Lady of Sadness (14th century); church Our Lady of Bethlehem (15th century); St. Jere (15th century); St. Jure (9th century); St. Benedict (14th century); Our Lady (11th century); St. Lazar (15th century); church Our Lady of Soca (10th century); St. Francis Monastery (13th century); church St. Martin (5th century); church St. Teodor (6th century; the oldest preserved bell tower on the Croatian coast of the Adriatic); the church of Holly Trinity (7th century); the church of St. Ante (17th century); the monastery of St. Ante (15th century); Benedictine monastery of St. Eufemija (8th century); Kaštelet (17th century); the Theatre (19th century).

Info – Split is the second-largest urban centre in Croatia (more than 400,000 inhabitants); the ridges Kozjak (780 m) and Mosor (1,330 m) protect the city from the north and northeast, and separate it from the hinterland; a hill, Marjan (178 m) rises in the western part of the peninsula; has four marinas and the City Port in the centre of the city which is used only for passenger and ferry traffic; a major sports centre; there are many beaches and public beaches in the city and its surroundings (the most popular is Bacvice; a sand beach almost in the very heart of the town).

Happenings: the Spit Summer (a cultural event; from mid-July to mid-August; open-air stages around town; operas, plays and concerts); Melodies of the Croatian Adriatic; Festival of Pop Music; the Saturday Nights (de-voted to classical music); pop-music events; the Art-Summer; folklore shows; Jazz Festival; Film Festival (Films of unknown directors); Graphic Art Biennial; Carnival; Olympic Sailing Week; Croatia Boat Show.

Inevitable to see: the Archaeological Museum (founded in 1820, one of the oldest in Croatia); Treasury of Split Cathedral (valuable collection of religious art); the Ethnographic Museum (founded in 1910); the Museum of Marine History; the Museum of Natural Science; the Collection of the Franciscan Monastery; the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments; the Art Gallery (permanent exhibition of paintings and sculptures from the 14th century to the present day); the City Museum of Split; Ivan Mestrovic Gallery (20th century; most prominent Croatian artist); Marjan Forest Park (includes promenades, vista points, solariums, nature paths, playgrounds and the Split zoo).

Good to know: in 1979 historic city of Split (built around the Diocletian’s Palace) was included in the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage; Diocletian’s Palace (3rd century; white limestone was transported to the coast from the rich quarries on the island of Brac; this limestone is recognized as the finest quality in the world and it was used to build the many outstanding structures located in the Palace; one of these is the monumental Peristyle which is among the most magnificent and unique historical courtyards in the world); the first detailed tourist guide through the town and its surroundings was published in 1894; the passenger seaport in Split (annual traffic of 4 million passengers) is the third busiest port in the Mediterranean.

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