Split, Croatia on the Dalmatian Coast with a not so hidden secret! As you can see from the map above, the old city is built in the ruins of the Roman Emperor Diocletian’s 4th C palace. When it was built it housed thousands and the remains today include 200 buildings. Within the white stone walls and under its courtyards and galleries are shops, cafes, bars, Cathedrals, hotels and even houses.
When you walk around and discover, you will see the world’s oldest Catholic Cathedral in the world.
You will see architecture from the Roman period, Venetian time , and Medieval times.
My personal story was that we stayed in a small hotel built in the ruins which was important to the architect ! When we were sitting at a table on the promenade ordering dinner, we were given a very substantial menu. When I ordered lamb, the children soup and husband steak, the waiter said, “Meat or fish.” So we tried again not understanding the routine. I said, “pork chops” and husband, “Salmon.” Again. . . .”Meat or fish.” Ah. . . we are no dummies! Husband said, “fish” and I said, ” Meat.” And we were served meat or fish ! This was during a very hard time of upheaval politically, and the government rationed food for the people but wanted tourists to visit for obvious reasons. Yugoslavian friends said that coffee was rationed to one pound a month for them but tourists were given what they wanted. Obviously meat was available even for tourists as meat or fish! We learned about living in a society where the government controlled prices but couldn’t control the availability. Great video showing the Roman ruins.
The big surprise of Split is that you very well may have “visited” if you are a fan of “Game of Thrones!”