Split: Palace Catacombs
Site of historic interest (Roman catacomb)
If you enter or exit Diocletian’s Palace through the Bronze (or southern) Gate, to and from the Riva, you will pass through the catacombs or cellars that lie under the southern edge of the palace and Diocletian’s private apartments.
For those passing between the Peristyle and the Riva (through the Bronze Gate) access is free and you pass through an underground market selling crafts targeted primarily at tourists and of varying quality. As you near the Riva end of this subterranean passageway you will see two larger chambers to your left and right. These give access to the extended catacomb area and seem to house temporary displays.
Access to the catacombs is by ticket (it is charged for) but after that you are left to wander freely through the various rooms. While it is fascinating it lacked interpretation and explanation (during our visit which was admittedly in 2005) and therefore perhaps only really worth the entrance fee to the diehard history/archaeology buff and those who wish to find a cool place to pass half an hour.
If you are unsure whether you want to see these spaces see our photos and spend 15 minutes just in the public areas between the Riva and Peristyle, if you are fascinated by the the brick and stone formed vaults there it is probably worth the fee to see the rest, if you find it dull (or you are interested but have seen enough in the free areas) it probably is not worth paying to see more of the same.
0800-2000 (summer time)
0800-1200 and 1600-1900 (winter time)
Entrance fee charged (10kn?)
Monday, 13 June 2011