The Peristyle is the heart of Diocletian’s Palace, allowing access to Diocletian’s private quarters, the mausoleum, and the temples, and providing a large space in which subjects of Diocletian could worship the emperor as a god. The Peristyle is grand and spacious. One wall is an assortment of architectural styles and materials. Smooth Egyptian columns – each of a different type of stone – that are original to Diocletian’s Palace once supported an open arcade. Later, they were incorporated into the walls of medieval houses.
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From my Diocletian Palace – City Within a City article:
It’s hard to imagine Split Croatia without Emperor’s palace, almost as hard as imagining Rome without Roman Coliseum or Cairo without Great Pyramid of Giza. If a city has its heart than Diocletian’s Palace is Split’s vital life spot. It is more like a city within a city. There are not many cities in the world that can as proud as... Read more »