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Ancient Rome
Southern Europe
Diocletian’s Palace,

Salona history

Salona, or Solin, was an administrative hub of Ancient Rome, the capital of Dalmatia and is believed to have been the birthplace of the Emperor Diocletian, under whom it flourished. An important city, Salona is well preserved and well signed. Access is along the top of the defensive wall giving a superb overview of the ruins.

Part of the Salona site can be seen from the main road north out of Split to the airport. Salona retains all the main buildings to be expected of such a site. Apart from the remains of the city wall, there are several basilicas, an amphitheatre, entry gates, the forum, the theatre and baths. Salona has a number of very early churches, including an early baptistery built by Bishop Honorius in the 6th Century.

Despite the walls, the attacks by Avars and Slavs became too much and in the 7th Century the population moved to the safety of the Palace of Diocletian in Split. Outside the entrance is an early cathedral. Its development over the years makes Salona a fascinating puzzle.


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contact details

Address: Solin, Croatia

Phone: 00385 (0)21 210 048

E-Mail: tz@solin-info.com

visitor information

Directions to Salona:
Located approx 10km from Split. Bus 1 runs from Split city centre.

Salona opening times and ticket prices:

Local Amenities:
Take water and a hat as the site is large and once inside there are no refreshments and very little shade


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