City Orientation Walk (Self Guided), Split

Strategically positioned on the Adriatic coast of Croatian Dalmatia, Split is a historic Mediterranean town closely associated with the name of Roman emperor Diocletian who built here a palace in the 4th century AD, and which now dominates the city center. Other than that, the city boasts quite a few historic buildings of later periods which are very much significant in their own right. To find your way around these attractions, you're invited to follow this orientation walk.
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City Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: City Orientation Walk
Guide Location: Croatia » Split (See other walking tours in Split)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 km
Author: naomi
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Diocletian's Palace

1) Diocletian's Palace (must see)

Diocletian's Palace was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The building is designed in a half-Greek and half-Byzantine style. Diocletian built the massive palace in preparation for his retirement on 1 May 305 AD. It lies in a bay on the south side of a short peninsula running out from the Dalmatian coast, four miles from Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The terrain slopes gently seaward and is typical karst, consisting of low limestone ridges running east to west with marl in the clefts between them.

In November 1979 UNESCO, in line with the international convention on cultural and natural heritage, adopted a proposal that the historic city of Split built around the Palace should be included in the register of World Cultural Heritage.

Why You Should Visit:
Impressive not only due to its age and size but due to the fact that a part of the lively city is built among the ruins.
It makes a beautiful place to walk around, full of inviting alleyways and picturesque buildings.
No cars are allowed which makes it even more special, but be prepared for lots of other tourists!

Tip:
Great at night – you can avoid a large number of tourists and take advantage of the nightlife all around it.
During the day, take a guided tour to visit as it's easy to get lost and miss out on really interesting facts.
Look around for Game of Thrones filming locations!
Sight description based on wikipedia
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City Museum of Split

2) City Museum of Split (must see)

The City Museum of Split is located in a part of the Diocletian Palace that once served as home for the famous Papalić family. The building is a fine example of both Gothic and Renaissance styles. The museum presents a permanent collection of artifacts related to the history of Split and the Dalmatian region. Art pieces of various artists born in Split are also presented at the City Museum of Split.

Why You Should Visit:
Free entry with a SplitCard (if you stay in Split for more than 3 days see the tourist office for information on this) and worth 30 minutes of your time.

Opening Hours:
Daily (Apr-Oct): 9am-9pm
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Church of Our Lady of the Bell Tower

3) Church of Our Lady of the Bell Tower (must see)

Church of Our Lady of the Bell Tower (Gospa od Zvonika) is on the west side of Diocletian's Place and one of the dominant architectural features of the Old Town. The tower is situated above the Iron Gates. The Church's Romanesque bell tower is one of the oldest in Dalmatia and a popular subject for photographers.

Tip:
Rather than looking at the tower alone, you can enjoy the view from the Narodni (People's) Square side with the Iron Gate and the Clock Tower.
Go inside for the mural with Christ behind the altar, which is very interesting for its originality, different from many in the world.
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Croatian National Theater

4) Croatian National Theater (must see)

The Croatian National Theater in Split (or HNK Split), originally opened in 1893, is owned and operated by the City of Split and is one of the oldest surviving theaters in Dalmatia.

The first professional theater troupe appeared in 1920, when the building underwent its first renovation and when the theater was renamed "Dalmatian National Theater". In 1928 during the Kingdom of Yugoslavia, the theater was merged with the Sarajevo National Theater and renamed "National Theater for Western Regions".

HNK Split hosts around 300 performances every year, attended by a total audience of around 120,000. Some 20 to 40 opera, ballet and dramatic productions are staged per year in addition to many symphony concerts performed by the in-house orchestra. The theater is billed as the "premier theater house in Dalmatia" and "one of the biggest and oldest theater houses in the Mediterranean".

Apart from its regular program HNK Split also organizes two long-running annual festivals: Split Summer Festival and Days of Marulić.

Why You Should Visit:
Beautiful building from the outside and a great place to people-watch, while also having a pretty & elegant interior.
Prices, including for best seats, are a fraction of opera prices elsewhere and tickets are bookable on the internet.
The attire is also a bit more casual, so even if you don't pack with a theater visit in mind, you'll be perfectly fine.

Tip:
During the Summer Festival, try the relaxed open venue 'Sustipan' where concerts are held on a cliff under the pine trees. You can order drinks and enjoy an exceptional night under the stars!
Check with the box office on the date of performance to verify the location and time of performance.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am-2pm / 6-9pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Figa i Pirija

5) Figa i Pirija

Figa i Pirija is a symbolist fountain located on Marmontova street. Figa i Pirija is the only monument built in the 1990s, which was a period of depression and economic stagnation in Croatia. The composition profiles a hand with the thumb between the index and middle finger, a representation of stubborness. The water from the hand pours into a funnel, symbolizing the movement of the city.
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Sulphur Baths

6) Sulphur Baths

The architecture of Sulphur Baths is one of the best examples of Art Nouveau in Split. The sulphurous waters were traditional medicines of Split for a full 17 centuries. However, the Sulphur Baths gradually lost their importance in the 1990s, and medical use of the sulphurous water gave way to modern forms of physical therapy.
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Prokurative

7) Prokurative

Prokurative, the Republic Square, is a unique architectonic space. This Neo-Rennaissance complex was built in the second part of the 19th Century at the place of the former garden by Napoleon’s general Marmont. Also, the view to the south of this horseshoe-shaped square was once closed by monumental fountain that also marked the end of Riva.

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