Interest in Croatian monumental heritage has existed since ancient times. At the beginning of the 16th century, Dominik Papalić, a humanist and nobleman from Split, collected a collection of ancient inscriptions in his house, which he found together with Marko Marulić, the “father of Croatian literature”, during numerous walks around the ruins of Salona. In the atrium of the exhibition hall of the Archaeological Museum, five original inscriptions, as many as have been preserved from that collection, are on display. Marulić wrote a “catalog” or “guide” to that collection.
The Archaeological Museum in Split, the oldest museum institution in Croatia, was founded in 1820 by the decree of the Dalmatian government in Zadar. The impetus for its foundation was the arrival of Emperor Francis I in Dalmatia in 1818, when he visited Split and the Solina monuments. The first museum building was built in 1821 next to the eastern walls of Diocletian’s Palace, but it soon became too cramped for the growing number of monuments.
In Split region, Explore Dalmatia organizes trips that allow you to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Split. You can explore the ancient Roman ruins within Diocletian’s Palace, wander through the vibrant streets of the old town, and even take a boat trip to the nearby islands to experience their pristine beaches and captivating landscapes.
We handpicked 5 beach destinations in Split area. Check out the whole list by clicking the button under our Top 5, or click on the beach and get directions to each spot.