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If there is one must-see attraction to see in Split, it is definitely Diocletian’s Palace. Built in 305 AD for the Roman Emperor Diocletian, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was constructed for the emperor to live out the rest of his days along the Adriatic Sea. In fact, the palace was considered to be Diocletian's retirement home. Half of the complex was used for his personal use, while the other half was designated for troops and a military base. Over time, the city slowly grew around the iconic palace. Today, Diocletian’s Palace sits in the center of Split and has become the top tourist attraction in the city. When visiting the ancient site, there are a few important components to note as you explore inside the palace walls. First, Game of Thrones fans will want to see inside the cellar. The room was used as a filming site for the popular series. This is where Daenerys kept her dragons here when she was in Meereen. Take note of the 3500-year-old Egyptian sphinxes that sit outside the peristyle which is the center of the palace. This is a great place for photos and probably the most impressive section of the palace. There is a popular cafe bar here where you can enjoy live music and a coffee or glass of Croatian wine.
It is important to note that the bell tower here was not an original part of the palace. Construction began in 1100 AD and it took over 300 years to build. This was due to the number of different regimes that passed through the region. The bell tower is now a part of St. Domnius Cathedral which is located within Diocletian’s Palace. This is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world. It was completed in the 7th century AD. For a small fee, you can climb the bell tower to get an amazing view of the city center. Diocletian lived in this palace until his death in 311 AD. He died at the age of 66. Cover photo courtesy of Pixabay.