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Diocletian's Palace

Split, Croatia

One of the most stunning parts of Croatia’s classic architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Diocletian’s Place located in the center of Split’s old town, is an ancient palace that was built for its namesake Roman emperor, Diocletian, at the turn of the 4th century. In its current form, the limestone and marble palace is the primary attraction in Split, being filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and residences. For those exploring the city, three granite sphinxes originating from the site of Egyptian Pharaoh Thutmose III still exists today, one in the Peristyle of Diocletian’s Palace, one in the city museum and third headless one in front of Jupiter’s Temple. <br>The ruins are some of the best preserved surviving buildings of Roman origin on the Adriatic coast. The emperor Diocletian commissioned the place after his retirement, settling in the Illyrian province. The massive structure manifests as more than a residence, but also includes fortress like features and buildings designed to house a large military garrison. The seaside location is a manifestation of Diocletian’s desire to enter his palace on a ship without leaving the deck, but over the years as the sea receded the city sprung up around his palace. <br>In Popular Culture: <br>The palace is featured in the series Game of Thrones as the Slave City of Meereen, with several scenes featuring the underground catacombs and hallways located underneath the palace. It is also where Daenerys is seen locking up her enemies and her dragons.


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