Croatia, 3rd October, the Cathedral of St Domnius in Split

While we were looking around the market we ventured into the hinterland of the Diocletian Palace and visited the Cathedral. Strangely enough it was originally built as Diocletian's mausoleum which is almost perfectly preserved as an octagonal building with a round domed roof supported by two rows of Corinthian columns. The frieze around the roof shows the Emperor and his wife, and the exterior is encircled by 24 columns. Ironically Diocletian led a vigorous persecution of the Christians. His body was removed in the 7the century and has disappeared.
In the 17th century a choir was added to one side.
The sphinx stands guard over the Temple of Jupiter. The end pictures are a few views of the town.


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