Cathedral of Saint Domnius
Cathedral of Saint Domnius
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Cathedral of Saint Domnius in Split Country Croatia Denomination Roman Catholic Architecture Style Ancient/Romanesque Years built 4th century Clergy The Cathedral of Saint Domnius (Croatian: Katedrala Svetog Duje), known locally as the Sveti Dujam or colloquially Sveti Duje, is the Catholic cathedral in Split, Croatia. The cathedral is the seat of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska, headed by Archbishop Marin Barišić. The Cathedral of St. Domnius is a complex of a church, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum, with a bell tower; strictly the church is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and the bell tower to Saint Domnius. Together they form the Cathedral of St. Domnius. The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, consecrated at the turn of the 7th century AD, is regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure, without near-complete renovation at a later date (though the bell tower dates from the 12th century). The structure itself, built in AD 3
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  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia5,567 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views of Split and the harbour after a climb up the tower
    As part of a multi / combo ticket, you could access the bell tower as part of the package. You need to show / scan your ticket on the way in and make your way up to the entrance of the tower and squeeze into the little entrance of the tower to start the climb up the stairs. The 1st part is a little tight then it opens up to a more easy climb up the internal new part of the stairs. You can get views as you go up and the views from the top on our beautiful sunny day were fantastic. Well worth spending the money to get in and climb the tower.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia5,567 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice Cathedral in the middle of the Diocletian's palace.
    To enter the Cathedral, you need to buy a ticket. You can do this by the ticket office located on the opposite side of the square from the entrance to the cathedral. We got the combo ticket which allowed access to the bell tower and treasury of the church as well. It was reasonably well priced for this. The church was not the biggest but it was still fairly lavish and has some nice architecture and a lovely and elegant interior. Well worth a visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Kendot52
    Denton, Texas406 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral of Saint Domnius
    This cathedral was built in AD 305 as Emperor Diocletian's burial site. In the 1,600s, it was consecrated as a Catholic church. While not a massively large cathedral, it is beautiful and well worth your time in visiting it. It is part of Diocletian's Palace complex and both can easily be seen on the same visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,054 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cathedral with history
    Nice Cathedral to visit, although smaller than many others in Europe it does have history and age on its side. Compact Cathedral has wonderful detailed architecture to it and you are amazed by something being built of this scale all those years ago. I would recommend visiting but if you have done lots of Cathedrals in Europe already it would be just another nice Cathedral!!!!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 August 2023
  • Sandy D
    Mumbai, India921 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a must-see
    This church from the fourth century is a complex having the church, the bell tower and a mausoleum. Regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure. Though small compared to other cathedrals, it is an architectural marvel on its own.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Ciaoyoga
    Maldon, United Kingdom202 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating history
    Fascinating place. Definitely worth a visit. Visit the treasury first as there is lots of information in there across 3 floors. There is a lift for the treasury. A guided tour might be worthwhile or buy a guide. Go earlier in the day to avoid crowds. There are different ticket options.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Kawaii D
    The Netherlands249 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many stairs, but great view
    Visited on July 2022. To go inside you needed to pay beforehand at the tourist center. That row was long.... and the row for the tower was also long..... but it was worth it. You get a great view over the city. Only warning is, that the stairs arent even at hight and also there are a lot of stairs. on some places the rail were missing to hang on to.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 November 2023
  • tinaNtravel
    San Jose, California1,973 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Cathedral
    For 15 euros you can purchase one ticket for the Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery, Treasury and the Bell Tower. The Cathedral is beautiful with some beautiful gold angels and the Tabernacle above and behind the altar. The marble altar is also quite stunning. There are other beautiful sculptures and paintings in the Cathedral as well. Apparently, this is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the world that remains in use, in its original structure, that has not undergone recent renovations. That alone makes it worth the visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 January 2024
  • 301lisa33
    Coventry, United Kingdom1,955 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gilded splendour!
    Gilded splendour! This cathedral is located at the heart of the old palace. It is tiny. It has a hexagonal footprint with a substantial extension. The altar is located between them forming a barrier. Entrance is 5 euros which feels pricey
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 June 2024
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301lisa33
Coventry, UK1,955 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
Gilded splendour! This cathedral is located at the heart of the old palace. It is tiny. It has a hexagonal footprint with a substantial extension. The altar is located between them forming a barrier.

Entrance is 5 euros which feels pricey
Written 7 June 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,973 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
For 15 euros you can purchase one ticket for the Cathedral, Crypt, Baptistery, Treasury and the Bell Tower. The Cathedral is beautiful with some beautiful gold angels and the Tabernacle above and behind the altar. The marble altar is also quite stunning. There are other beautiful sculptures and paintings in the Cathedral as well. Apparently, this is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in the world that remains in use, in its original structure, that has not undergone recent renovations. That alone makes it worth the visit.
Written 17 January 2024
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WanderingOttersons
Denver, CO1,471 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The inside of the cathedral is cool. Too bad the church had to put their stamp on it and really overdo what was a fantastic Roman era building. An interesting mix but I found the original parts to be the best. Needless to say, it is not very large and you can be done inside within 10 minutes or so. The line for the bell tower was another thing entirely. The line when we went snaked all around and it was a bit of a wait. Funny though, when we came out, you could have walked right up and gotten in within a minute or two. Getting up and down is a bit disorganized as there are several bottleneck points where it is one way traffic only. Very steep, narrow, and tall stone stairs for the bottom make way to the top portion that is well done aluminum stairs that are just a touch too narrow for two-way traffic when everyone is not paying attention. The view from the top of the tower is phenomenal. A 360-degree view of the city from here that is worth every bit of effort and time waiting.
Written 4 December 2023
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Kawaii D
The Netherlands249 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
Visited on July 2022.

To go inside you needed to pay beforehand at the tourist center. That row was long.... and the row for the tower was also long..... but it was worth it. You get a great view over the city. Only warning is, that the stairs arent even at hight and also there are a lot of stairs. on some places the rail were missing to hang on to.
Written 23 November 2023
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Matea K
Zagreb, Croatia2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Beautifull view grom top od cathedral Tower. Worth od every Lenny, especially during the sunny days.
Written 19 October 2023
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Ciaoyoga
Maldon, UK202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Fascinating place. Definitely worth a visit. Visit the treasury first as there is lots of information in there across 3 floors. There is a lift for the treasury. A guided tour might be worthwhile or buy a guide. Go earlier in the day to avoid crowds. There are different ticket options.
Written 5 October 2023
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain21,459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
Cathedral of Saint Domnius is the most important religious building of Split, and it is located in the Center of the old town, close to the perystile, in a wonderful location. In fact, it is built using some parts of the old Roman Diocletian's Palace and the composition is very curious. In fact from some parts of the old town you can see a composition between ruins and the bell tower of the cathedral. It was built as the mausoleum of Diocletian, a Roman emperor, but after, in the 8th Century, it was reconverted in a Cathedral. The bell tower was built next to the octogonal building (I suppose, where mausoleum was located) in the 11th Century in a Romanesque-style, but it was remodelled in the 20th Century. Really a wonderful building. Also, it is possible to enter in the bell tower and going up to see wonderful views of the old town and surroundings. Top in Split and Croatia!
Written 28 September 2023
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Sandy D
Mumbai, India921 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This church from the fourth century is a complex having the church, the bell tower and a mausoleum. Regarded as the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure. Though small compared to other cathedrals, it is an architectural marvel on its own.
Written 27 September 2023
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Esk i
Sidmouth, UK12 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
It’s good but not worth €15. I have seen better historical sites in Athens & Rome for a lower ticket price. It should be €10 max. The stuff you can see for free is just as interesting and impressive as the bits you have to pay for
Written 9 September 2023
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jesus g
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Taking so much time on opening the ticket office!! Just half hour waiting for opening! The time said 14:15 to opening but is false!
Written 30 August 2023
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