Split is the second most populated city in Croatia and the seat of Split-Dalmatia County. The city was established inside the huge palace of the Roman Emperor Diocletian (of Dalmatian origin); built between 294 and 305 and had an area of 39,000 square meters and then it continued expanding around the palace. From 1420 to 1797, Split became part of the Venetian Republic; that is why the historic center of this had Venetian-style buildings (Rector’s Palace, City Hall, Venetian tower). France and Napoleon ruled Split from 1805 to 1813. From 1815 to 1919 it was a part of Austria. After the collapse of Austria-Hungary and with the founding of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes, the city was part of the Yugoslav Dalmatia. Today, Split is a major industrial and tourist port and is listed on the UNESCO list of world heritage. We find still part of the palace on the waterfront as the Maritime gate known in antiquity that allowed ships to dock directly.
The historic center is just a short walk from the harbor. Inside, there is a part that today is a big market with stands that sell souvenirs. You can also visit three museums that are located inside the old city and two other museums in the exterior. There is also a cloister that was rearranged by Rodin.
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