Split is Croatia’s second largest city and blends the old with the new. The ship docked within walking distance to everything we wanted to see. Since we were up bright and early we took advantage of visiting the old town before it got too busy. Just outside the old town walls we came across a morning market selling fresh fruit and vegetables.
We entered the old town through the ‘Silver Gate’ and made our way to the Diocletian’s Palace – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This ancient palace was built for the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century. The palace is massive and it’s more like a city-within-a city.
The Cathedral of Saint Domnius was built in AD 305 as the Mausoleum of Diocletian. It’s beautiful inside!
The Temple of Jupiter has an interesting history but aside from the ceiling there wasn’t much to see inside. It was originally an ancient Roman temple built between 295-305 and was dedicated to the king of the gods. It’s now a baptistery.
We wandered the narrow alleyways and streets… One of my favourite things to do!
What might be inside this door?
Stuffed frogs? In human positions? Nope.
Split has a gorgeous waterfront called the Riva Promenade.
I liked the Republic Square, it reminded me a little of Venice.
We still had plenty of time so we climbed up Marjan Hill. There’s a nice little church on the way and the views from the top are great!
We walked through an interesting old neighborhood on our way down from Marjan Hill. We entered the old town through the Golden Gate.
Before leaving the old town we visited the tiny St. Martin’s chapel dating back to the 5th century.
We had a wonderful day in Split!
Where we stayed: Holland America-MS Koningsdam-Mozart Deck 👍