Diocletian’s Palace, Split
The most accessible and the most frequented of Croatia’s historic ruins is the Diocletian’s Palace in Split. Every day, thousands walk through its main square of Peristil, perhaps not realising that they’re brushing past a near intact Ancient Egyptian sphinx from Luxor. Diocletian’s Palace still houses a living community of residents, shopkeepers, restaurateurs, hoteliers and bar owners. Built in the early 300s, it is essentially the retirement home of the Emperor Diocletian and a surrounding garrison. Still clearly visible are its gates, the Temple of Jupiter and Diocletian’s mausoleum, later transformed into Split Cathedral.