FACTS ABOUT SPLIT, CROATIA
Split is a perfect example of the evolution of late classical architecture, with its shapes and embellishments exemplifying not just the development of early Christian art, but also the prelude to the Byzantine and early medieval architectural styles.
Facing the harbour, Diocletian’s Palace is one of the most imposing Roman ruins in existence. However do not expect an empty palace, nor a museum – this is the city’s living heart, its labyrinthine streets packed with people, bars, shops and restaurants. Built as a military fortress, imperial residence and fortified town, the palace measures 215m from north to south and 180m east to west, altogether covering 38,700 sq meters. Split is a classic city with all the energy and dynamism of a young pretender.