Split Introduction Walking Tour (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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Split Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Split Introduction Walking Tour
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: 0.7 Km or 0.4 Miles
Author: naomi
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Diocletian's Palace
  • Cathedral of St. Domnius
  • City Museum of Split
  • Grgur Ninski Statue
  • Figa i Pirija
  • Sulphur Baths
  • Prokurative
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!

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
Cathedral of St. Domnius

2) Cathedral of St. Domnius (must see)

The Cathedral of Saint Domnius, known locally as the Saint Duje, is the Catholic cathedral in Split. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Split-Makarska, headed by Archbishop Marin Barišić. The cathedral was named after Saint Duje (Saint Dujam, or Saint Domnius) patron saint of Split, who was a 3rd century Bishop of Salona.

The Cathedral is composed of three different sections of different ages. The main part is Emperor Diocletian's mausoleum, which dates from the end of the 3rd century and was built like the rest of the palace with white local limestone and marble of high quality, most of which was from marble quarries on the island of Brač, with tuff taken from the nearby river Jadro beds, and with brick made in Salonitan and other factories.

One of the best examples of Romanesque sculpture in Croatia are the Cathedral's wooden doors, made by the medieval Croatian sculptor and painter Andrija Buvina around 1220. Two wings of the Buvina wooden door contains 14 scenes from the life of Jesus Christ, separated by rich ornaments in wood. On the first floor of the sacristy is the treasury which contains relics of Saint Duje brought to the Cathedral after his death.

Why You Should Visit:
After viewing the interior you can climb the bell tower to get a lovely view of the surrounding area and the nearby port.
If you come in time for bell ringing, the experience is complete.

You can get either tickets that include the cathedral, Jupiter shrine, and the crypt (in which case you should dress respectfully) or a ticket allowing the bell tower on its own.
The journey to the top of the tower can be claustrophobic and also not for the faint-hearted; it can also get very busy so make sure to go early in the morning.
Sight description based on wikipedia
City Museum of Split

3) 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
Grgur Ninski Statue

4) Grgur Ninski Statue (must see)

Gregory of Nin (Croatian: Grgur Ninski) was a medieval Croatian bishop of Nin who strongly opposed the Pope and official circles of the Church and introduced the national language in the religious services after the Great Assembly in 926, according to traditional Croatian historiography. Until that time, services were held only in Latin, not being understandable to the majority of the population. Not only was this important for Croatian language and culture but it also made Christianity stronger within the Croatian Kingdom.

The statue of Gregory of Nin by Ivan Meštrović in Split is a heavily trafficked tourist site in the town, which the toe of the statue shows. Rubbing the statue's toe is said to bring good luck. The statue was originally located in the Peristyle of Diocletian's Palace and can be seen in postcards of the pre-World War II period. During WWII, the statue was moved outside the city by Italian occupying forces. Currently, the statue sits to the north of the Palace and Old Town of Split, just outside the Golden Gate. There are also statues of Gregory of Nin in the cities of Nin, Croatia and Varaždin, Croatia.

Why You Should Visit:
Huge sculpture, almost 30 feet high and supposedly you rub the toe for good luck (one for the foot fetishists!) but really, it is better to appreciate this striking work from a bit of a distance.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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.
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.

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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Create Your Own Walk in Split

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Split Museums Tour

Split Museums Tour

Split has built an interesting past around the Diocletian Palace. The city offers a large number of museums, which spotlight the value of the city's heritage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles
Diocletian Palace

Diocletian Palace

Diocletian's Palace was built at the beginning of the 4th century A.D., by the Roman Emperor Diocletian. Inside its walls, you'll not only find antiques, but also elements familiar with medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque time periods. The palace is the world's most important architectural building as listed by UNESCO in World Cultural Heritage.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Marjan Hill

Marjan Hill

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles