11/9 – here we are, back in summer! We left our quiet, pedestrian street, walked through the open-air market, and one block to the waterfront.
The Split waterfront, called the Riva, has been compared to the Promenade de Anglais in Nice, and I can see why.
The town centers around Diocletian’s Palace, built in the year 300 by the Roman Emperor, as his vacation home. After the fall of Rome, the local people moved into the palace, and it is still in use today, filled with shops, restaurants, hotels, apartments and private homes.
In the palace is the Cathedral of St. Domnius, or St. Duje, the patron saint of Split. It was originally to be Diocletian’s Mausoleum. It is said to be the oldest cathedral in Christiandom, in that it has not been renovated or built over. St. Duje is interred in the sanctuary.
The carved wooden doors depict scenes from the life of Christ. There is a museum dedicated to the artwork on the doors.
Across from the sanctuary is the very small and plain Temple of Jupiter. Not sure who is actually buried here. A statue of John the Baptist hangs over the crypt.
The Cathedral is adorned by a tall tower, added circa 1200, that can be seen from any point in the city.
As we are in the province of Dalmatia, I was pleased to see a local canine, sporting his spots:
A beautiful town – so much to see!