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Diocletian's Palace and old town Split, Croatia fascinating

Built in 300, the Cathedral of Saint Doimus is one of the oldest and smallest in the world; Pope John Paul II visited in 1998 and said, Here you can feel the history!

Built in 300, the Cathedral of Saint Doimus is one of the oldest and smallest in the world; Pope John Paul II visited in 1998 and said, Here you can feel the history!

The monumental statue of Gregory, Bishop of Nin, lies just outside the Golden Gate; it was made in 1929 by Ivan Meštrović who now has a very well-respected museum at the base of Marjan Hill

The monumental statue of Gregory, Bishop of Nin, lies just outside the Golden Gate; it was made in 1929 by Ivan Meštrović who now has a very well-respected museum at the base of Marjan Hill

The vestibule of Diocletian's Palace,from the outside rectangular and from the inside circular and open to the sky, was where people waited prior to meeting with Diocletian

The vestibule of Diocletian's Palace,from the outside rectangular and from the inside circular and open to the sky, was where people waited prior to meeting with Diocletian

The Cathedral of Saint Doimus was built originally in 300 as the mausoleum for Diocletian; it was converted into a church in the 7th century

The Cathedral of Saint Doimus was built originally in 300 as the mausoleum for Diocletian; it was converted into a church in the 7th century

Incredible detail from the 13th century Baroque choir stalls (wooden bench rests) in the Cathedral of Saint Doimus;  we skipped climbing the belfry which had a very long line

Incredible detail from the 13th century Baroque choir stalls (wooden bench rests) in the Cathedral of Saint Doimus; we skipped climbing the belfry which had a very long line

Unlike northern Europe, I did not see any Muslims here (those wearing headscarves) although they represent 1.5% o the population (primarily closer to Bosnia)

Unlike northern Europe, I did not see any Muslims here (those wearing headscarves) although they represent 1.5% of the population (primarily closer to Bosnia)

You can now climb to the top of the belfry for great views but the line was so long that I skipped it; best to do it when no cruise ships are in port

You can now climb to the top of the belfry for great views but the line was so long that I skipped it; best to do it when no cruise ships are in port

Let Me Pass street is one of the narrowest in the world and gets laughs from Americans who can't even squeeze through it; wisely, groups from the cruise ships don't come this way

Let Me Pass street is one of the narrowest in the world and gets laughs from Americans who can't even squeeze through it; wisely, groups from the cruise ships don't come this way

The Golden Gate is the main land side entrance to Diocletian's Palace; the palace is a very crowded UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Golden Gate is the main land side entrance to Diocletian's Palace; the palace is a very crowded UNESCO World Heritage Site

This illustration shows how imposing Diocletian's Palace was; several thousand people still live inside what was once the palace (a rarity for a UNESCO site)

This illustration shows how imposing Diocletian's Palace was; several thousand people still live inside what was once the palace (a rarity for a UNESCO site)

The peristyle in Diocletian's Palace with purple granite columns was where the people could meet with their emperor; presumably back then there weren't thousands of tourists in the way

The peristyle in Diocletian's Palace with purple granite columns was where the people could meet with their emperor; presumably back then there weren't thousands of tourists in the way

Diocletian's Palace was built in the 3rd/4th centuries by the Roman Emperor Diocletian; he was the only Roman emperor who willingly abdicated so he could retire to his palace

Diocletian's Palace was built in the 3rd/4th centuries by the Roman Emperor Diocletian; he was the only Roman emperor who willingly abdicated so he could retire to his palace

The old town hall (1455) is the only remaining structure from a complex of buildings that was knocked down in 1825; you'll notice how the architecture has been influenced by the many conquerors of Split

The old town hall (1455) is the only remaining structure from a complex of buildings that was knocked down in 1825; you'll notice how the architecture has been influenced by the many conquerors of Split

I wonder if this kid realizes he's sitting on a black Sphinx that is thousands of years old brought back from Egypt by Diocletian; staff at the Temple of Jupiter didn't seem to care

I wonder if this kid realizes he's sitting on a black Sphinx that is thousands of years old brought back from Egypt by Diocletian; staff at the Temple of Jupiter didn't seem to care

Much of Split remains the same as when I first visited in 2003; there are a few high rises now and several large shopping malls but away from the touristy areas life hasn't changed much

Much of Split remains the same as when I first visited in 2003; there are a few high rises now and several large shopping malls but away from the touristy areas life hasn't changed much

Colorful Republic Square anchors one end of the Riva furthest from the ferry port; in its turbulent history Split has belonged to Austria-Hungary, the Ottomans, the Venetians, France, Italy and Yugoslavia

Colorful Republic Square anchors one end of the Riva furthest from the ferry port; in its turbulent history Split has belonged to Austria-Hungary, the Ottomans, the Venetians, France, Italy and Yugoslavia

The Riva is the most scenic area in Split with people dining by the sea watching the ferries and cruise ships; the largest shipyard in Croatia is located in Split

The Riva is the most scenic area in Split with people dining by the sea watching the ferries and cruise ships; the largest shipyard in Croatia is located in Split

The Ciprianis-Benedetti Palace, built in 1394, is renowned for the two six-light mullioned windows with double columns in late Romanesque style, a rarity in secular architecture

The Ciprianis-Benedetti Palace, built in 1394, is renowned for the two six-light mullioned windows with double columns in late Romanesque style, a rarity in secular architecture

The baptismal font at the Temple of Jupiter (11th c) is the first early Romanesque stone depiction of a ruler in Europe; the statue of Saint John the Baptist was a gift of Ivan Mestrovic

The baptismal font at the Temple of Jupiter (11th c) is the first early Romanesque stone depiction of a ruler in Europe; the statue of Saint John the Baptist was a gift of Ivan Mestrovic

The unique wooden doors of the Cathedral of Saint Doimus were sculpted in 1214; these superbly preserved Romanesque doors made of walnut wood have 28 coffers with scenes from the life of Jesus

The unique wooden doors of the Cathedral of Saint Doimus were sculpted in 1214; these superbly preserved Romanesque doors made of walnut wood have 28 coffers with scenes from the life of Jesus

The sea water temperature peaks in August (average 74 degrees) and it felt so good to escape the sweltering heat; the visibility was great but there wasn't much to see underwater

The sea water temperature peaks in August (average 74 degrees) and it felt so good to escape the sweltering heat; the visibility was great but there wasn't much to see underwater

You can pay to go underneath Diocletian's Palace which was the storage area and possibly dungeon; being structurally a faithful replica of the chambers above, they are largely responsible for the palace getting UNESCO status

You can pay to go underneath Diocletian's Palace which was the storage area and possibly dungeon; being structurally a faithful replica of the chambers above, they are largely responsible for the palace getting UNESCO status

I got the biggest kick out of watching this dachshund on his paddleboarding adventure; he seemed mesmerized by watching what was in the water and never moved from his perch at the front of the board

I got the biggest kick out of watching this dachshund on his paddleboarding adventure; he seemed mesmerized by watching what was in the water and never moved from his perch at the front of the board

This old church is near the top of Marjan Hill (183 m) which happened to be between the beach and my apartment; young people hiked up the hill for the views

This old church is near the top of Marjan Hill (183 m) which happened to be between the beach and my apartment; young people hiked up the hill for the views

Construction on Diocletian's Palace took 10 years; it is 215 meters long and 180 meters wide, originally had 16 towers and walls up to 26 meters high

Construction on Diocletian's Palace took 10 years; it is 215 meters long and 180 meters wide, originally had 16 towers and walls up to 26 meters high

The belfry of Saint Arnir was built in the 18th century next to the chapel that dates from 1069; Split is well-known as a mecca for water polo

The belfry of Saint Arnir was built in the 18th century next to the chapel that dates from 1069; Split is well-known as a mecca for water polo

View of the Riva with the belfry from Diocletian's Palace; the first time I visited in 2003 the Riva was under construction but the area is now the centerpiece of the old town

View of the Riva with the belfry from Diocletian's Palace; the first time I visited in 2003 the Riva was under construction but the area is now the centerpiece of the old town

After Ivanisevic won Wimbledon more than 100,000 people showed up here to celebrate; amazing considering the city only has 178,000 residents

After Ivanisevic won Wimbledon more than 100,000 people showed up here to celebrate; amazing considering the city only has 178,000 residents

The Riva promenade separates the sea from the old town and is now filled with open air cafes; in Napoleonic times the sea went right to the walls of the old town

The Riva promenade separates the sea from the old town and is now filled with open air cafes; in Napoleonic times the sea went right to the walls of the old town

On the left is the Church of Saint Francis; Split is the second largest city in Croatia and a major tourist hub with ferries going to the nearby islands

On the left is the Church of Saint Francis; Split is the second largest city in Croatia and a major tourist hub with ferries going to the nearby islands

The Baroque Milesi Palace anchors one end of Fruit's Square; the squares in Split used to be like the different sections of a grocery store now with each having a different specialty

The Baroque Milesi Palace anchors one end of Fruit's Square; the squares in Split used to be like the different sections of a grocery store now with each having a different specialty

The Church of Saint Roche with its Renaissance facade was created in 1516 through the conversion of a Romanesque 13th century house

The Church of Saint Roche with its Renaissance facade was created in 1516 through the conversion of a Romanesque 13th century house

Marjan Hill as seen from the Riva; there aren't any beaches along the Riva itself so the closest nice beach is on the other side of Marjan Hill

Marjan Hill as seen from the Riva; there aren't any beaches along the Riva itself so the closest nice beach is on the other side of Marjan Hill

With narrow streets no cars can get in the old town but there is still gridlock with tons of tourists; the narrow streets do offer one benefit which is shade much of the day

With narrow streets no cars can get in the old town but there is still gridlock with tons of tourists; the narrow streets do offer one benefit which is shade much of the day

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