Marjan Hill (Self Guided), Split

Marjan Hill is a unique landform in Croatia, located on the peninsula of Split. The low mountain is surrounded by the sea and the city, and is the only green oasis ideal for walks, excursions, and rock climbing. Tourists will admire splendid views of Split as well as other surrounding towns and villages. At the bottom of the hill you'll discover a gallery and workshop from the famous artist Ivan Mestrovic.
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Marjan Hill Map

Guide Name: Marjan Hill
Guide Location: Croatia » Split (See other walking tours in Split)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: naomi
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Marjan Hill / Forest Park
  • Sustipan Park
  • Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments
  • Ivan Meštrović Gallery
  • Meštrović Kaštelet
  • MedILS
Marjan Hill / Forest Park

1) Marjan Hill / Forest Park (must see)

Marjan is a hill on the peninsula of Split, covered in a dense Mediterranean pine forest and completely surrounded by the city and the sea, making it a unique sight. Used as a park by the citizens as early as the 3rd century, it is a favorite weekend excursion destination and a recreational center for the city. It is also the setting for numerous beaches and jogging trails as well as tennis courts and the city Zoo, all surrounded by the scenic forest. The tip of the peninsula houses the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries. Marjan is 178 m tall and offers a view of the entire city, the surrounding islands, and the nearby mountains of Mosor and Kozjak.

Marjan has become a symbol of Split in the last century and a half, prior to which it was considered an ordinary part of the landscape. As the city grew, it was in fact left out because of its rocky and difficult terrain, and became, in effect, a part of the wilderness next to the very center of the city. Soon the citizens started to frequent it as a picnic spot and a romantic retreat, its many beaches adding to its popularity as well.

Why You Should Visit:
Lovely park to go for a wander in – there's a telegraphic tower on the hilltop which is up over 300 steps (not for the fainthearted on a hot day) with fabulous views over the Adriatic islands and Split.
There are some lovely trails through the woods (a little rocky in places, be warned) leading down past churches nestled into the hillsides and some beaches for a nice dip.
It's almost like you're in the countryside, while next to the city – well worth a day or half a day of your time.

Bring your own lunch plus plenty of water, and stop at one of the swimming spots on the north side.
Ensure you bring flip flops or swimming shoes the coastline is quite rocky and not too sandy.
You can also have a drink at the first viewpoint ('Vidilica') and enjoy the spectacular view above the city & its harbor.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Sustipan Park

2) Sustipan Park

Sustipan Park is located above the marina and at the foot of Marjan Hill. In ancient times, this small park was a cemetery. Archeological excavations have lead to the discoveries of Roman stone coffins and Christian basilica from the early Middle Ages. The park is an ideal spot for contemplation when viewing the marvelous city of Split.
Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments

3) Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments (must see)

The Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments located at Meštrovićevo šetalište is the only museum in the country dedicated to researching and presenting cultural artifacts of the Croats in the Middle Ages, between the 7th and 15th centuries, particularly the time of the early medieval Croatian state from 9th to 12th century.

Originally founded in Knin in 1893, the museum was moved first to Sinj, then Klis and finally to Split where today the collection is displayed in a purpose-built museum complex, opened in 1976.

The holdings consist mainly of jewelry, weapons and items of daily use, and include a large number of stone artifacts that once belonged to the old Croatian church interiors. The collection of early medieval wicker, clay figurines, and old Croatian Latin epigraphic monuments is the largest of its kind in Europe.

Opening Hours:
(Jun 15-Sep 15) Mon-Fri: 9am-1pm / 5-8pm; Sat: 9am-2pm
(Sep 15-Jun 15) Mon-Fri: 9am-4pm; Sat: 9am-2pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Ivan Meštrović Gallery

4) Ivan Meštrović Gallery (must see)

Ivan Meštrović Gallery is an art museum in Split, dedicated to the work of the renowned 20th-century Croatian sculptor. The gallery preserves and presents to the public the most significant works of Meštrović, and is in itself an art monument. The permanent collection includes works of sculpture, drawings, design, furniture and architecture. Holdings include original plaster models by the artist, as well as finished works in bronze, marble and wood. The gallery building and grounds were based on original plans by Meštrović himself and included living and working areas, as well as exhibition spaces.

The gallery's holdings today contain 192 sculptures, 583 drawings, 4 paintings, 291 architectural plans (almost entirely made by Ivan Meštrović and dating between 1898 and 1961), and 2 furniture sets, one of which is made according to Meštrović's sketches and is a part of the new permanent display in the former dining room. The Ivan Meštrović Gallery also houses 168 works of art owned by Ivan Meštrović's heirs.

Why You Should Visit:
Facial features are worth studying, as the sculptures really capture uniquely Slavic expressions and emotions.
The café in the garden is worth a visit for the stunning views of the Adriatic alone!

Don't miss the cloister/chapel a little farther down the road to view the artist's series of relief carvings.

Opening Hours:
(May-Oct): Tue-Sun: 9am-7pm;
(Nov-Apr): Tue-Sat: 9am-4pm; Sun: 10am-3pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Meštrović Kaštelet

5) Meštrović Kaštelet (must see)

The Kastelet once was a summerhouse for the Capogrosso family. The home was built in the 16th century and then converted into a chapel after Meštrović purchased the building in 1939. The Meštrović Kaštelet features one of the greatest works from the sculptor – 28 wood carvings representing the life and death of Christ. The crucifix inside the church is also special. It dates back to 1916 and is the earliest work in the church. 

Why You Should Visit:
To be in antique times, in the chapel's medieval spirit and in the early 20th century at the same time!

You are meant to buy your ticket at the main Meštrović gallery before coming here.

6) MedILS

MedILS is an international project based on the creation and development of a new scientific culture. The main principle of the project makes it accessible to all young talents and scientific leaders, regardless of social class. The headquarters are located in Croatia at Marjan Hill.

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