Although smaller than most ports, Split is the second-largest city of the nation and is an area jammed packed with history.
Split is connected to the Croatian islands of Brac, Hvar and Solta and even connects to Ancona, an Italian port. The port allows easy walking access to some of the most fascinating areas in the city, including its extensive historical centre.
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The iconic symbol of the city, the Cathedral of Saint Domnius was constructed in the 3rd century. It is built in an attractive Romanesque style, has bell towers dating back to 1100 years and is known amongst the locals as Saint Dujam.
Another piece of historical scenery that must be seen is the statue of Gregory of Nin. Gregory of Nin was a medieval bishop who shocked the world in the year 926 by defying the Pope and the Catholic Church. He is considered a hero to many Croatians. The statue was constructed by Ivan Meštrović, a world famous Croatian architect considered to be one of the best in the world.
For an older view of Croatia’s history, visit the Archaeological Museum. It is the oldest museum in all of Croatia, dating back to 1820. The museum contains artefacts dating back to the prehistoric age as well as an extensive collection of Roman era objects from when they ruled this area. Back then, it was known as Illyricum. The museum also contains more contemporary objects as well.
Another example of the Roman influence can be found at Diocletian’s Palace. As the name suggests, this was built for the Roman emperor Diocletian in the 4th century AD but it wasn’t exactly a palace. Diocletian’s quarters took up half of the structure and the rest of the building housed a military garrison, giving it the appearance of a fortress.
It was constructed for the emperor’s retirement and is today located in the heart of the city. This palace is now used as a central meeting place and has been preserved to perfection. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
COMBINE TROGIR WITH SPLIT
Located 20 miles from the Port of Split sits what many consider the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic medieval centre. This historic centre of Trogir is filled with Venetian towers, mansions, and palaces. It has been recognised and added as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.
It is located on a small island between the mainland and the island of Ciovo. Modern elements such as neon lights have been left out so the walled city maintains its authenticity from the past. For the best views of the entire area, a walk up the 13th century Cathedral of St. Lawrence’s bell tower is a must.
From the Port you can easily reach one of the richest Medieval Towns in Europe by public transport. The number 37 bus departs from the bus terminal located directly across from the port. Another option is a taxi, which is faster and not costly. Some will even be happy to wait for you for an additional fee.
Seeing each and all of these wonders during your stop in Split can also be prearranged and provided by your cruiseline or travel agent. Besides the above mentioned possibilities, the ship’s tour desk can arrange exciting hikes on the Plitvice Lakes, exploring other Dalmatian islands or maybe an all day trip and whirlwind tour of Dubrovnik.
Some ships will tender in the bay rather than in port. Cruise lines that offer itineraries in the Eastern Mediterranean including Split are Azamara, Celebrity, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Holland America, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Seabourn, Seadream and Windstar.
Written by Veronica Shine