Split cathedral and bell tower
Peristil, Split, 21000
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- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Singles, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, History, Sightseeing
Expert review of Split cathedral and bell tower
On the Roman Peristil, in the heart of the palace, what is today Split’s cathedral was originally built as Emperor Diocletian’s mausoleum in the 3rd century AD. An octagonal structure surrounded by 24 outer columns, the interior space is round in plan, with eight columns supporting a central dome, which would originally have been decorated with golden mosaics. When Diocletian died in 313 AD, he was laid to rest here. Refugees from Salona turned it into a church in the 7th century. Ironically, they dedicated it to Saint Domnius of Salona, who the very same Diocletian had had executed for advocating Christianity. The elegant bell tower, which can be seen from afar, was built in stages between the 12th and 16th centuries. Climb to the top for amazing views over the old town.
More information on Split cathedral and bell tower:
- Price guide:
- Landmark / monument, Religious site, Viewpoint
- Peristil, Split, 21000
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- Jun-Sep daily 8am-7pm. Oct-May daily 8am-noon and 4.30pm-7pm.