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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 9th June 2017

SPLIT AND THE DIOCLETIAN PALACE http://www.justyouholidays.co.uk

Twenty years ago I visited Split and was very taken with the Diocletian Palace and very keen to see it again.

It is an ancient palace built for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD. Today it forms about half the old town of Split. It’s called a "palace" because Diocletian intended is as his retirement residence but the structure is massive and more resembles a large fortress: about half of it was for Diocletian's personal use, and the rest housed the military garrison.

As always with Just You, we had an excellent guide. Since my last visit much more of the Palace has been excavated and our guide took us on a walk through the ‘subterranean’ rooms. Later than Roman times, the inhabitants of the houses above used to throw their rubbish down holes into the ‘basement’ and the build up of detritus when removed  has actually saved these large rooms which were fascinating to walk around.

The main meeting place in Split is the Peristyle which formed the northern access to the imperial apartments. It also gave access to Diocletian's mausoleum on the east (now Cathedral of St. Domnius) and the Belfry with 366 steps up which I climbed! Not sure how much longer I’ll be able to do feats like that so I’m going for it whilst I can.

The Palace is built of white local limestone and marble of high quality, most of which was from quarries on the island of Brac. The Palace was decorated with numerous 3500-year-old granite sphinxes, originating from the site of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III. Only three have survived the centuries. One is still on the Peristyle, the second sits headless in front of Jupiter's temple, and a third is in the city museum.

One of the four walls is right by the ocean with a wide and  lovely boulevard filled with cafés and flower beds. (The Walls are still pockmarked from the War in the 90’s)

Split has much improved as a venue in the twenty years since I first visited but the tourist numbers have also increased dramatically. One element was missing. On my first visit there were many black-clad widows sitting crocheting the most superb place mats and table coverings costing relatively little. Today there are none. When I commented on this fact to an old lady in a shop, she told me she also knew how to do this work but it was now too time consuming and there are other ways to make a living. I shall treasure my place mats even more now as part of a dying heritage.

It was a very hot and sunny day and I got some lovely panoramic views from the top of the Belfry.



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