Thursday, October 17
Split truly is a magical city. I was enchanted the moment we arrived and continued to be delighted as we wandered around Old Town and Diocletian’s Palace.
Located just steps away from our apartment, the Saint Domnius Cathedral was originally built as a mausoleum for Roman Emperor Diocletian in AD 311. It was later converted to a church and we spent some time exploring the cathedral, crypt and treasury.
We then walked across the palace’s main court (peristyle) to The Temple of Jupiter. Originally dedicated by Diocletian to the ancient Roman god Jupiter, Christian’s later turned the building into a baptistry for St. John the Baptist.
And underneath it all are the Diocletian Palace cellars. Daniel and I actually wandered around Split for a while before we eventually found our way to the basement. We were particularly interested in the cellars as some scenes from Game of Thrones were shot down there – it doubled as the location for Daenerys’ Throne Room and also where her dragons were chained.
But we soon grew tired of the cruise ship crowds mobbing Old Town. Cruise ships pull into dock daily and the town receives an influx of visitors as a result. Considering that we were well into October, I can’t even imagine what the crowds were like during the summer months.
Daniel and I headed west to escape the crowds and soon found ourselves climbing a hill towards Marjan Forest Park. After climbing numerous steps, we eventually made it to the top of the hill which, at 123 meters (403 feet), had fabulous views of Split and the surrounding area.
As we headed back to town, the setting sun cast the city of Split in a golden glow.
Split truly is a magical city.