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Split is not only an urban, cultural and traffic centre of Dalmatia with road and sea connections to Dalmatia’s numerous summer resorts, but it is itself often a destination for tourists and excursionists. A city with a 1700-year old tradition, a variety of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, including the well-known Palace of Diocletian, which is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, it certainly occupies a special position, and the warmth and hospitality of a modern Mediterranean city.

The Palace of Diocletian, built between the late 3rd and the early 4th centuries A.D., can be found throughout the city. The cathedral was built in the Middle Ages, reusing materials from the ancient mausoleum. Twelfth- and 13th-century Romanesque churches, medieval fortifications, 15th-century Gothic palaces and other palaces in Renaissance and Baroque style make up the rest of the protected area. The Diocletian’s Palace is a unique example of preserved Roman emperors palace showing the continuity of urban growth. It exhibits an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture and town-planning. It is an exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition and civilization.

To be able to grasp the historical significance of the city, you should first visit the museums of Split: the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments – a Croatian cultural project, established in 1893 in Knin; the Archaeological Museum, dating back to 1820, one of the oldest in Croatia; the Treasury of the Split Cathedral, including a valuable collection of religious art; the Ethnographic Museum, founded in 1910; the Museum of Marine History; the Museum of Natural Science. The Art Gallery, established in 1931, the Collection of the Franciscan Monastery in Poljud, the Mestrovic Gallery, and others are also worth visiting.

The Marjan Forest Park is worth visiting, the green oasis that the citizens of Split have been proud of for generations and carefully maintained and cherished.

The culture and entertainment in Split is extremely rich, particularly in the summer, when the city squares, gardens and other areas turn into a large open-air stage.

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