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I visited the little known Diocletian’s Palace walls

Everyone knows about the Dubrovnik walls, but it is a little known to people that Split has the almost same ability on Diocletian’s Palace walls. The reason lies in the length of the promenade itself. It is around 150 meters but the biggest problem is the entrance very limited. In principle, a promenade has no entry. The only way is through the scientific research centre for architectural heritage.

Diocletian's Palace walls
Diocletian's Palace walls Split

Public vs. Private

Another, perhaps a bigger problem is that some parts of the promenade are still privately owned. During my visit, I found on the promenade drying clothes, a grill, a couple of chairs, etc. In principle, this promenade is the terrace of the apartments. And I’m one of them right now because my apartment is between walls and square called Carrarina Poljana. Right inside that wall is my toilet in the apartment. Unfortunately, my apartment has no connection with Diocletian’s Palace walls.

Diocletian's Palace walls Split
Clean clothes (laundry) hanging from a dryer outside, shaken by the wind
Drying laundry clothes hanging outside the window of an old building in the historic center

The continuity of the life inside the Diocletian’s palace walls

If you choose to visit this attraction one of the things that will surely surprise you is a large number of TV antennas and satellites. People living here continuously for 1700 years. Actually, one of the reasons why the palace is highly valued and protected by the UNESCO is the continuity of life inside Diocletian’s Palace. Basically, because of this, things like TV antennas shouldn’t be moved.

Detail of tv antenna on top a roof
Traditional style TV aerial on a metal extension pole on top of a roof

I must also notice that the promenade is very narrow. In a conversation with the professor of architectural heritage, there is a desire and the opportunity for the expansion to make that promenade longer. Of course, the question is the time and the most financial situation.

Diocletian's Palace walls Split
Diocletian's Palace walls
Diocletian's Palace walls Split

Great way to spend a day

The only thing I didn’t write now is a lookout of the walls of the Diocletian’s palace. If you were in Dubrovnik, it is probably one of the greatest attractions to keep up the precious time. Looking at the city from a completely new perspective is the right discovery. It was also a big experience for me who is living a few years in Split.

Diocletian's Palace walls
Outdoor hanging flower baskets