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Split, Croatia
13 Nov 2004

History of Split   
Picture pages:  Harbor & City Wall  |  Inside City Wall  

The stop in Split was a pleasant diversion.  It had high thick walls with watch towers for protection.  With a population of 250,000, it is the 2nd largest city in Croatia.  There were 7 castles to defend Split.  The city can trace its history back over 2,000 years.

In the hills by the city is a Roman Aqueduct over 2000 years old.  The remains of Diocletian's Palace (1700 years old) is inside the city walls.  St. John Baptist Baptistery dates from Roman times.  Our local tour guide had to retrieve a key so we could enter the baptistery.  It's normally not open to tourists.  It was wonderfully preserved, especially the plaster ceiling carvings.

We had a hour to wander around on our own and visit the many stalls both inside and outside the wall.  

Then it was back on the bus for the final leg of our journey south.

We had a rest stop, in Neum, Bosnia & Herzegovina, which also served as a shopping experience in a small department store.  It's interesting that you have to travel across a few miles of another country to reach Dubrovnik.

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