The Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace

The Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace

The Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace
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  • Jade W
    Didcot, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Highly recommend
    Tickets are a decent price and the palace complex is fun to look around. You have to pay separately to see the basement, but this is the best bit! Staff are friendly and helpful and there are great information boards in the basement.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Laura T
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom7,658 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Central area of the palace so always very very crowded
    The Emperor’s Peristil is located at the crossroad of the two main roads of the palace. This is one of the most photographed locations in Split, and the small courtyard here is usually packed with groups of tourists. We almost missed the peristil on our first visit as it was so very crowded, but find the church and you are here. A peristyle or peristil is a long continuous porch which is formed by a row of columns surrounding a courtyard. Walk around, take some pictures and visit the nearby monuments, including the black granite sphinx which is one of the 12 sphinxes that Diocletian brought with him from Egypt. The Cathedral of Saint Domnius is located at the same small square and the Vestibule is up a couple of stairs (all reviewed separately). There are all within a few seconds walk of each other. An entrance to the substructures of Diocletian’s Palace is here too and the ticket office where you can buy tickets to the church etc. The Triclinium is maybe a 1 minute walk, more depending on how bad the crowds are! We didn't spend long here as once I'd taken a few photos we opted to find somewhere quieter away from the crowds. However it is free to visit and part of a Unesco heritage site so can't really give less than 5*. You only really need half a day to explore and see all the sights of Diocletian’s Palace and Old Town, but we would recommend to return again on an evening to see the streets lit up and for a completely different experience (although sadly often just as crowded!)
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia5,567 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful old porch.
    A peristyle I researched is a long porch framed by columns which goes around a courtyard. This one id in semi ruins yet has lovingly been cred for. Its in the heart of the Diocletian palace. It has a number of attractions which can be entered from the area. As a part of Unesco heritage area, its great that its free to enter. It is a lovely place to sit and look at the beautiful buildings and people watch as well. We visited in March 2023 and as it was the shoulder season, it wasn't very busy which made it pleasant and easier to see.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Erasmus+ Courses Croatia
    Split, Croatia2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Roman historical spot
    A marvelous piece of Roman architecture situated in the heart of modern day Split. Especially lovely during the evening when people gather around and socialize in the square. A must see spot for any history enthusiast!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 16 August 2023
  • VFT
    Singapore, Singapore99 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free to visit with paid entry into certain structures
    We didn’t engage in any tours of Split so initially it was a bit difficult to understand the ticketing system. Effectively the palace, shops and several sites are free. But there is ticketed entry for select sites eg bell tower. Whilst you can buy tickets via agents I think the cheapest is to queue and buy from the office inside the Peristyle (there was an ever present queue of people lining up the day we went) Different combinations are available at different prices and are purchased as coloured “packages” that ticket attendants will mark off as you visit each ticketed site.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 August 2023
  • GarryUK
    Newbury, United Kingdom392 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing warren of sights.
    This place is a real warren of sights. The subterranean chambers are a must- separate ticket. The other sights can all be got on one ticket or bought individually. Church and treasury are also a must. Fun to just wander the streets- plenty of shops and restaurants as well in the palace walls.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 September 2023
  • mickthemunch
    66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting but need a guide to appreciate properly
    The first thing to be aware of is that Diocletian's Palace is not a single structure. When it was first built it was clearly a palace and fortress, but over the centuries it has been built over, within and around. Parts are intact and in some areas you can see glimpses of the structure among the more recent buildings. To get the best out of a visit you really need a guide who can take you to critical locations and explain the history. There are various areas you have to buy tickets to get into, don’t rush, a good guide will explain and show plenty without the need to go further. Great if you like to hear about the history and get a glimpse of a past society, but don’t go looking for a palace as you will not find one. We did an excellent guided tour which I will review. It would be a very bad idea to try to go it alone.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Aidan R
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Timeless Marvel in the Heart of Split!
    Visiting The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace in Split was like stepping back in time to a world of grandeur and history. These ancient ruins are a true masterpiece, and their preservation is a testament to the city's rich heritage. Walking through the Peristyle, surrounded by beautifully carved columns and the imposing presence of Diocletian's Palace, was a surreal experience that left me in awe. The historical significance and architectural beauty of this site are simply unparalleled. It's a must-visit for anyone in Split, and I couldn't help but give it a five-star rating. Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply seeking a glimpse into the past, the Peristyle will transport you to a different era, leaving you with memories to cherish.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 October 2023
  • Jo R
    Wirral, United Kingdom263 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing place steeped in history
    A great look back into the past and the history of the palace is really interesting . Now the walls and alleyways are all restaurants , shop , hotels & stalls so a mixture of new and old , a great place to wander round and go from square to square to take in all the atmosphere and great bars and restaurants. Of a night it's nice to sit on the steps of the palace in Peristil square and have a drink which are served from Lvxor cafe & restaurant with live music and dancing . Recommended
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 October 2023
  • Chris B
    Knoxville, Tennessee124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Living History
    Do not miss this amazing piece of living history! As someone who is from the United States, I would never have guessed that a whole contemporary town would exist inside the ruins of a Roman Emperor’s palace. Heck, it’s cheaper to live in a literal Roman Emperor’s palace than it is to buy a house in the town where I live :( - Anyway, if you’re going to Split, you’ll likely find yourself inside the palace whether you realize it or not! Don’t miss the opportunity to go down into the massive basement which also serves as a museum.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 May 2024
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
We did the tour of the cellar and it was interesting to see everything. But I think the best part is wandering through the small alleyways in old town and stumbling across quaint and beautiful little areas and sites.
Written 8 June 2024
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
This is the core of the old palace. Understandably it is popular with tourists. Quite a lot of the palace's structure remains, although it is not clear how much has ben restored. Very impressive
Written 7 June 2024
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Chris B
Knoxville, TN
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Do not miss this amazing piece of living history! As someone who is from the United States, I would never have guessed that a whole contemporary town would exist inside the ruins of a Roman Emperor’s palace. Heck, it’s cheaper to live in a literal Roman Emperor’s palace than it is to buy a house in the town where I live :( - Anyway, if you’re going to Split, you’ll likely find yourself inside the palace whether you realize it or not! Don’t miss the opportunity to go down into the massive basement which also serves as a museum.
Written 31 May 2024
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FirstClass
Bedford, NH
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This is the main sight to see in Split. You really need a guide to understand the history and what everything means. Otherwise, you are just looking at rocks.
Written 24 May 2024
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Glynis98
Canterbury, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were part of a Riviera group and our guide took us to the palace which was wonderful. We went round the large basement and up into the town square above. The whole place is mind blowing!
Written 13 May 2024
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ubud138
Munich, Germany
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
wunderful historical site in the very pretty town of Split. the entrance is free. tickets must be purchased for the bell tower, the museum/treasury etc. Just wunderful to stroll through the old town.
Written 26 April 2024
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Tommy599
Two Rivers, WI
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
• Split has a population of 161,000, and June / July / August the town is very crowded with tourists.
• There are no cruise ships in port today, but just last week there was one of those gigantic ships that disembarked 6,000 tourists into the city (overwhelming the small streets around the Diocletian palace area).
• The Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the Fourth Century, commissioned the building of a 5-mile aqua dike (fresh water supply) to a small (at the time) seaside community of Split.
• Next came his summer palace in 300 AD (took 10 years to complete), expanding out within defendable town walls that encompassed the entire town (at the time).
• The city had four heavenly diffable city gates.
• Diocletian (born near Split in today’s Croatia providence of Dalmatian = (just across the Adriatic Sea from Italy), was a Roman General, that became Emperor in 284 AD (after he murdered the Roman Prefect Aper).
• Diocletian ruled for 21 years and then unexcitedly abdicated and retired to his palace that he had built, where he eventually died, he was entombed in a LARGE mausoleum near his royal apartment in the palace.
• They say this palace is the greatest Roman ruin in Southeastern Europe.
• Split grew up around the palace to incorporating ancient heritage with the new, both inside and outside the city wall.
• Built like a fortress with walls 590 feet by 705 feet, the palace was occupied by the Emperor Diocletian from AD 300-313.

Diocletian’s Mausoleum were eventually turned into a Christian church dedicated to the seventh century martyr St. Domnius .

The entire old section of Split, with the palace as its centerpiece, is a virtual open-air museum with the city's contemporary life.
If you watched the Netflix series Game of Thrones (and we did), many of the locations within this city and Diocletian's Temple of Jupiter were used as backdrop in the production! Tom may now have to revisit the series (Game of Thrones), to better relate to many of the locations in the movie that match our experience walking through the palace!

Written 27 November 2023
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Jo R
Wirral, UK
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A great look back into the past and the history of the palace is really interesting .

Now the walls and alleyways are all restaurants , shop , hotels & stalls so a mixture of new and old , a great place to wander round and go from square to square to take in all the atmosphere and great bars and restaurants.

Of a night it's nice to sit on the steps of the palace in Peristil square and have a drink which are served from Lvxor cafe & restaurant with live music and dancing .

Recommended

Written 26 October 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Visiting The Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace in Split was like stepping back in time to a world of grandeur and history. These ancient ruins are a true masterpiece, and their preservation is a testament to the city's rich heritage. Walking through the Peristyle, surrounded by beautifully carved columns and the imposing presence of Diocletian's Palace, was a surreal experience that left me in awe. The historical significance and architectural beauty of this site are simply unparalleled. It's a must-visit for anyone in Split, and I couldn't help but give it a five-star rating. Whether you're a history enthusiast or simply seeking a glimpse into the past, the Peristyle will transport you to a different era, leaving you with memories to cherish.
Written 7 October 2023
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Eva T
United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It is the centre court of Diocletian's Palace full of tourists either waiting to go into Cathedral or sitting on the stairs, enjoying drinks bought in the overpriced Luxor cafe and watching others. During our visit it was overcrowded, couple of local entrepreneurs dressed like Roman soldiers offered taking photos with them which was not cheap as we later learned out. There is a ticket office for admissions to the Cathedral (former Diocletian's mausoleum) , crypt, baptistery (former Temple of Jupiter) and treasury (former Temple of Cybele) which costs Euro 10 and is valid for 10 days since bought - unfortunately I got ill and we missed the visit. We've been told in the ticket office that in the evening there is also live music. It's amazing that this place is still there and in a such condition and also that you can admire original Egyptian sphinx.
Written 6 October 2023
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