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photoblog image Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Split, Croatia
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Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Split, Croatia

Diocletian's Palace (Croatian: Dioklecijanova palača) is a building in the centre of Split, built for the Emperor Diocletian (a native of Dalmatia) at the turn of the 4th century. On the intersection of two main roads, cardo and decumanus, there is a monumental court Peristyle, from which the only access to Cathedral of St. Domnius is to the east.

The Cathedral of St. Dominus is composed of three different sections of different ages. The main part is Emperor Diocletian's mausoleum, which dates from the end of the 3rd century. The mausoleum was built like the rest of the palace with white local limestone and marble of high quality, most of which was from quarries on the nearby island of Brač, with tuff (rock consisting of consolidated volcanic ash) taken from the nearby river Jadro beds, and with brick made in Salonitan and other factories.

Later, in the 17th century a chorus was added to the eastern side of the mausoleum. For that purpose the eastern wall of the mausoleum was torn down in order to unify the two chambers. The Bell Tower was constructed in the year 1100 AD, in the Romanesque style. Extensive rebuilding in 1908 radically changed the Bell Tower, and many of the original Romanesque sculptures were removed.

comments (8)

Very nice... especially with the blue sky & clouds.
John Prior: Thanks Jacquelyn
This does look wonderful against that terrific sky!
John Prior: Thanks Elizabeth, a fine weather day
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Jul 2012, 07:26
A very high quality building from the look of the stonework John
John Prior: Plenty of high quality stone and stone work, will be visiting a school teaching young Masons on the island of Brac later.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Jul 2012, 08:43
You'd think that was a Dutch flag if you didn't look more closely, John. But definitely not Dutch architecture, which was my first clue. So pristine!
John Prior: Apart from the centre emblem, very similar, but I suppose a lot of flags are really, design consultancies missed out by not being invented at the time. And most flags look like committee jobs anyway smile
This is a building with a history indeed, and what a fine tower.
John Prior: Thanks Brian
What wonderful history, architecture, and of course photo!
beautiful exposure. lovely place and beautiful monument.
  • Jennie
  • United States
  • 19 Jul 2012, 23:36
Like the bricking contrasts. Great structure.

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