Cathedral of St. Domnius

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Ul. Kraj Svetog Duje 5

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Churches/Religious Sites, Tours Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

This octagonal building was created as a mausoleum for Diocletian, the infamous persecutor of Christians, back in the year 311; by the seventh century, it was converted into a cathedral. In the years after, various artists and craftsmen left their mark on the Cathedral of St. Domnius, including Split's own Gothic painter Dujam Vuškovi, who created the frescoes of the four evangelists. Today, most travelers visit the building to see one of the world's best-preserved examples of Roman architecture, as well as to catch a glimpse of the magnificent view from atop the campanile and the baptistery, which is also called the Temple of Jupiter. 

However, some travelers say that if you're afraid of heights, you should avoid climbing the bell tower of St. Domnius since there's not much to separate visitors and the long drop down on the circular staircase. 

You can tour the cathedral for 35 kuna (about $5.50) and the belfry for 20 kuna (approximately $3.15), between Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sundays from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Or, you can experience this working Catholic church for free during Sunday Mass. For more information, check out the Visit Split website.

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Split's Old Town contains Diocletian's Palace, plus the streets that run west to Marmontova. Inside this pedestrian-friendly area, travelers will walk medieval cobblestone streets lined with modern restaurants, bars, shops and hotels. You can stop into Nadalina for gourmet chocolates, Croata for silk cravats and Ribarnica, the fish market, especially if you've booked accommodations with a kitchenette where you can cook. You'll find signs throughout Old Town directing you to businesses and points of interest, but since it is a maze of alleyways, you'll also want to pick up a map from your hotel concierge. 

Recent travelers enjoyed strolling the narrow streets and alleyways of Old Town – browsing the wares at various stores and stopping for a breather at the restaurants and bars. Some visitors recommend booking a tour guide to take you around the area, saying that you'll have a richer experience than if you wander on your own. Split Walking Tours receives especially high marks from recent travelers thanks to the knowledgeable, captivating guides. 

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