Diocletian's Palace World Heritage Site

Ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian

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Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian
Native name
Croatian: Povijesna jezgra grada Splita s Dioklecijanovom palačom
Peristyle, Split 1.jpg
View of the peristyle (the central square within the Palace) towards the entrance of Diocletian's quarters
LocationSplit, Croatia
Coordinates43°30′30″N 16°26′24″E / 43.50833°N 16.44000°E / 43.50833; 16.44000Coordinates: 43°30′30″N 16°26′24″E / 43.50833°N 16.44000°E / 43.50833; 16.44000
Built4th century AD
Criteriaii, iii, iv
Designated1979 (3rd Session)
Reference no.97
State Party Croatia
Official nameDioklecijanova palača
Diocletian's Palace is located in Croatia
Diocletian's Palace
Location of Historical Complex of Split with the Palace of Diocletian in Croatia

Diocletian's Palace (Croatian: Dioklecijanova palača, pronounced [diɔklɛt͡sijǎːnɔʋa pǎlat͡ʃa]) is an ancient palace built for the Roman emperor Diocletian at the turn of the fourth century AD, which today forms about half the old town of Split, Croatia. While it is referred to as a "palace" because of its intended use as the retirement residence of Diocletian, the term can be misleading as 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.

The complex was built on a peninsula six kilometers southwest from Salona, the capital of Dalmatia (Roman province), one of the largest cities of the late empire with 60,000 people and the birthplace of Diocletian. The terrain around Salona slopes gently seaward and is typical karst, consisting of low limestone ridges running east to west with marl in the clefts between them. Today the remains of the palace are part of the historic core of Split, which in 1979 was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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