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The magnificent City of Diocletian

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At First Property Croatia, we believe that life is a mosaic of choices. From our point of view, choosing a place to live or to spend holidays with your family and friends plays an enormous role in overall quality of life, because not all places are the same. With its enchanting natural beauty, abundance of historical and cultural monuments, vibrant, beautiful cities and pleasurable lifestyle, Croatia is one of the few places in the world where all of this beauty can be experienced in such a small territory. If you realized that Croatia is the place you want to spend holidays or the rest of your life, or you just want to enjoy healthier, wealthier life, we will be happy to help you settle in your new home. It is impossible to tell the story of Split without mentioning Diocletian. Diocletian (Lat. Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletanus) was a Roman Emperor born in Dalmatia, who at the end of his term, around 300 BC, built a magnificent palace and stayed there since he had abdicated the Roman throne. The palace was built five miles southwest of the Salone, the former capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia. The architect’s name remains unknown, and it is assumed that the master builders were brought from the East, although it is quite likely that most of the workers were of local origin. The remains of the palace now form the historic centre of Split, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979.

Split, Peristyle

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The shape of the palace resembles a castrum (military camp), with a tower on the walls of the palace, following the tradition of military architecture. In its northern part, the palace has housed the servants’ houses, warehouses and houses for similar purposes, while the southern, more luxurious part of the palace was reserved for members of the imperial family. Diocletian’s death did not mean the cessation of life and the Palace: on the contrary, the fall of Salona introduced a new, organized city life. The Middle Ages, between the 12th and 14 century bring urban development, when many medieval houses were built within the former Roman buildings, and spread to the streets and porches. From the seventh century the Palace is known as the city of Split. The central square of the palace, the Peristyle, with the Romanesque bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Domnius made Split famous all over the world. Today, the city of Split is the second largest city in Croatia, and the centre of Split-Dalmatia County. The days of Diocletian are long gone, but his palace still shines. But aside from the Palace, Split prouds itself with its numerous natural beauties, with the park-forest Marjan known as the ‘green lungs of the city’. Marjan is a hill, peninsula and Park-forest located in the western part of the Split peninsula, just a few minutes away from the city centre. Along with a view from the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Domnius, the Marjan lookout provides the best view of this unique city. Due to its geographical position and configuration the Marjan Peninsula boasts in diverse plant species. Marjan is a popular recreational destination of Split citizens and their guests, offering numerous amenities - jogging, cycling, tennis courts, nature gymnastics, zoo and a number of amazing bays. This unique natural monument is also home to six churches built in different historical periods such as the Middle Ages, Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance.

Park - forest Marjan

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Because of its rich and dynamic history, Split has numerous cultural and historical monuments attracting tourists over and over again, and admired by anyone who happens to be in their vicinity. The most prominent are certainly the central square of Palace Peristyle, the Cathedral of St. Domnius and Diocletian’s cellars. When within the palace, one sholud visit the Museum of the City of Split, the Ethnographic Museum and gallery of a famouns Split painter Emanuel Vidovic. Also, if you find yourself in Split, make sure you don’t miss the Mestrovic Gallery, where the works of one of the greatest Croatian sculptors and artists in general Ivan Mestrovic can be seen. The same goes for the Archaeological Museum in Split, with a rich exhibition of valuable artifacts from different historical periods. Other museums and galleries worth visiting are the Art Gallery, Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments, Croatian Association of Artists and the gallery of the Photo Club Split. Thanks to the (growing) status of one of the most visited tourist destinations in Croatia, Split is abundant with various events throughout the year. Exhibitions, theatre performances, concerts, festivals, workshops, various events, activities and promotions make Split the city in which everyone can find the content they want throughout the whole year, whether it is a visit to the Croatian National Theatre, a classical music concert or a summer party at one of the numerous clubs on the famous Bačvice city beach. Split is also full of restaurants with a wide gastronomic offer, with the Mediterranean cuisine still dominant. Once you visit Split, we are confident that it will enchant you and you will want to come back for more. If you are thinking about how to permanently move to this magical city, where life has a different flavour, you know whom to contact.

Mediterranean cuisine

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