One of the most amazing things you can see in Croatia is the Palace of Diocletian, built nearly 2,500 years ago. The incredible thing about it is that this palace has been merged into part of the city, and more than 2,000 people live there today. Inside you'll find homes, pharmacies, shops...it's amazing how well-preserved it is, as you'll see as you stroll through the streets. Only one drawback: the huge number of tourists from large cruise ships, which makes it lose much of its charm.
The peristyle is a monumental courtyard, which was formed on the northern entry point to Diocletian's imperial apartments. Now it is the heart of the palace, which is still very lively with tourists of course, but there is also a bar where people come to enjoy drinks, a bank, and tourist information desk. The peristyle used to offer access to the mausoleum of Diocletian, which is now the cathedral Sv Domnio of Split, and three temples on the west. Two of them were destroyed, the third is now a baptistery. The door through which you could enter this part of the palace was the most magnificent, the golden door. It is a magical place, surrounded by birds, it is truly unique. There is Roman and Greek architecture, the peristyle was a place with columns surrounding a courtyard, a place of life most of all, where people gathered to talk, teach and sell their stuff. The entire is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Karepic Palace is located next to the municipal building in Narodni Square, one of the liveliest places in Split, especially at night. Built in the revival style, it was once home to the Karepic family, one of the great merchant families of Spilt who came from Trogir in the fourteenth century to take advantage of the expansion of the city. It is one of the oldest palaces in Split, but what you can see today dates to 1564, during the time of Ivan Karepic, the last of that family who lived here.
The Palace Augubio was built during the late Gothic era, and stands near Diocletian's Palace in one of the narrow streets in the center of Split. It belonged to the rich businessman and later aristocrat Giovanni Battista of Gubbio and was built in the second half of the fifteenth century. Then it was transferred to George of Dalmatia who had it rebuilt in the Baroque style. The oldest parts of the palace are still in the Roman style, such as the fresco of a peacock on the second floor. Today, the ground floor houses shops where you can buy records and fashionable clothes. The gate is richly decorated and the name of the original owner is sculpted under the coat of arms of the family. The sculptures are attributed to the master craftsman Andrija Alesi.