There are several reasons why you will be fascinated by Split during each visit. One of them is Diocletian’s Palace. Honestly, when I started living inside of the palace I realized how complex and how many interesting places it has. One of the most beautiful attractions of Split is definitely the basement halls of Diocletian’s Palace. Although today’s inevitable tourist attraction, their excavation began in the 19th century and most were discovered during the middle of the last century.

Diocletian's Palace Aerial View Original

This ancient complex was primarily used as the basis for the Emperor’s apartment above them. Because of that fact, the rooms of the basements coincided with the forms of Emperor’s buildings above. However, with the coming of the Middle Ages, the Emperor’s buildings are demolished and some parts of basement halls are used for housing. In one part, even oil and wine were produced.

Basement halls of Diocletian's Palace

Today, the basement halls of Diocletian’s Palace is full of life. Maybe more than ever before. Through the middle of it, there is a corridor connecting Peristyle and Riva. In this part, you will find numerous souvenir stores, while the rest of the basement is often held by fairs or exhibitions. If you want to access the basements on both sides of this corridor, you will have to pay a ticket for about 6 euros.

Basement halls of Diocletian's Palace

The whole complex contains a large number of halls of different sizes.  I have to point out that the tourism boom in Split has also a lot of negative changes. Basement halls increasingly have problems with moisture and water that damage the stone. Also, the problem is more and more water leaks from the canalization pipes which are above the ceiling. Therefore, I hope that restoration will happen soon.

Basement halls of Diocletian's Palace

These basements are also one of the sites where the famous television series called Game of Thrones was recorded. In general, movies and series are one of the main motives of travel, especially young people who increasingly choose Croatia as their destination for vacation and entertainment.

Find out more about basement halls of Diocletian’s Palace on the offcial website of Split City Museum.

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I am a 24 years old architect based in Split. Passion for photography has grown steadily when I was traveling all around the world trying to capture every unforgettable experience I met on my way. Collaboration:karlo@ilcroatia.com

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