The first impression while visiting Split is : one day is not enough to enjoy this “Mediterranean flower”. The city is so historically unique! It was built around the Diocletian’s palace, walking around it I couldn’t figure out what was the palace part and where the actual city begun, it was all merged,the Roman Empire architecture blended into the typical Mediterranean style houses, with accents in modern tall glass buildings. The city is such a mix of everything, and lots to do,for sure.
The Roman Emperor Diocletian built this massive palace for his retirement and spent the last years of his life in it.Legend has it that people begged Diocletian to return to the throne, to resolve the conflicts that had arisen.Diocletian’s reply: “If you could show the cabbage that I planted with my own hands to your emperor, he definitely wouldn’t dare suggest that I replace the peace and happiness of this place with the storms of a never-satisfied greed.”
The Palace is built of white local limestone and marble of high quality, most of which was from Brač.
The best views of the city open from the main tower,and,I should say its quite a walk upstairs, no elevators..
One of the traditions or legends says that every man in Split should propose to his fiancee on top of the tower…carrying her up the stairs to prove the strength of his love.
I can’t even imagine how they would do it, just look at these narrow passages and dangerous stairs! One’s love has to be very strong to pass this test..
After the breathtaking views we spent the rest of the day strolling through cobbled streets, local restaurants,old churches and markets.