The history of Split goes back 17 centuries, ever since the Roman Emperor Diocletian decided to build a palace for himself to spend the last years of his life in peace on this peninsula, near the big Roman city of Salona. In those 1700 years, the palace gradually evolved into an actual city that entices you with its rich tradition, grand history and beautiful natural and cultural heritage. Diocletian’s Palace and the entire historic heart of Split has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979 not only because of the exceptionally preserved palace, but also because the palace and its city (or the city and its palace, as you will) are still brimming with life. It feels like all historical eras, from ancient Rome through the Middle Ages to modern times, converge and still exist in this city today. A walk through the city feels like travelling through time, where you get to see stunning examples of ancient architecture such as the Peristyle, medieval Romanesque churches and Gothic palaces, Renaissance portals on aristocratic houses, Baroque façades and modern architecture seamlessly integrated in the rich heritage.