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When I saw a property on Airbnb that let me stay in Diocletian’s Palace during my trip to Split a few weeks ago, I immediately clicked “book.” I mean, all my inner princess fantasies were finally going to come true!

To just debunk a few misconceptions: Diocletian’s Palace isn’t your typical palace. I would describe it as a small city within the city of Split. The streets remind me so much of Venice…tiny, crooked, dead ends all the time, and streets with multiple names. Also, it is seriously a photographer’s paradise. I’m not sure if I liked it more at day or at night!

Diocletian’s Palace was built by the Roman Emperor Diocletian around 300 AD and was meant to be his retirement home. It is considered the most important cultural and architectural structure in Split as well as the entire region. Additionally, it is the most intact Roman palace in the world!

Most people now recognize Diocletian’s Palace as a filming location for the fourth season of “Game of Thrones.” I’ll be honest, I don’t watch the show at all…haha. But seriously, how gorgeous is Diocletian’s Palace?!?!

BY NIGHT:

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerThis is the main structure of Diocletian’s Palace. Now lots of outdoor concerts and events are held here (and the rocks make perfect platforms for modeling!)

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerI really liked photographing at night because the lighting added this ominous feeling to all the photographs. Plus, different colors become much more present during nighttime than daytime.

BY DAY:

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Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerI really had this thing for taking pictures of all the laundry hanging out to dry!

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerI loved hanging out at this square and enjoying all the restaurants and cafes! I had the best breakfast Sunday morning in this square (the orange juice was fresh squeezed and to die for…)

Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With Wagner
Diocletian's Palace via Wayfaring With WagnerThat picture above? A sneak peak of Split from the bell tower in Diocletian’s Palace! Can’t wait to share those pictures in the coming weeks!

So what’s your favorite: by day or by night?

21 Comments

  1. Christine | A Keane Sense of Adventure Reply

    GORGEOUS! Man I need to get to Croatia like yesterday! You’re having such an amazing time, I love following along!

    • Jordan Reply

      Thanks so much Christine! You would love Croatia…it is absolutely gorgeous here!

  2. OK, totally see GoT here! I can’t believe it’s all really a real place and not just a modern set – how cool!

    • Jordan Reply

      hahaha it is so horrible that I haven’t even seen 1 episode of Game of Thrones! And now I am headed to Dubrovnik tomorrow which is a huge filming location for GoT!

  3. Wow, looks like there’s a lot of charm there. The laundry hanging, the narrow alleys, and the views remind me a bit of Portugal. Also, great night shots (not always easy to get).

    • Jordan Reply

      Yes, that is such a good comparison! It is a lot like Portugal :) Thanks for the sweet words!

  4. I would have booked it too. I got to stay in a castle in Strasbourg and I’ll admit I felt pretty special. If you are indeed right and it’s anything like Venice then I know I would absolutely love it. I would have to say that I prefer the daytime photos, but that’s just because they are so vibrant. You did a great job of capturing the charm of the city.

    • Jordan Reply

      How cool that you stayed in a castle in Strasbourg!!! Venice is just the best isn’t it? Thanks for the sweet words!

    • Jordan Reply

      I know! I was lucky to be there right before tourist season started so the streets were practically empty (and a bit eerie to be honest!)

    • Jordan Reply

      hahahaha it is just so colorful! How can you not take pictures of it?

  5. You make me dream of it too, now if I go to Slipt I don’t want to sleep in regular Split, I want to sleep there. Such a gorgeous city!!

    • Jordan Reply

      hahaha yes!!! You’re so close to Split…you should definitely go there for a long weekend!!! xo

    • Jordan Reply

      I was lucky to find such a great Airbnb in Split! I was so blown away by how lovely and GORGEOUS the Dalmatian coast was! Have you been to the region of Istria? It is in northern Croatia and should definitely not be missed!

  6. I’ve learned a bit about Diocletian’s Palace in Arch History, but how amazing to actual visit the current day site. Beautiful! How lovely for you to be in Croatia. We almost went there for a few weeks earlier this year. We ended up going to Ireland instead for practical reasons, but I’ve been a little bit obsessed ever since.

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