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Become part of this community by the end of your tour.
As is our method we took 2 different Jewish tours of Split. Only one of the guides was able to enter the cemetery on the day we were there and also knew of stone carvings that the second guide missed. This is the only tour to take in Split if you really want an authentic experience. As there is only one knowledgeable guide, we recommend booking this as soon as possible.
The heart of this ancient Adriatic port is virtually an open-air museum which is dominated by the remains of the tremendous palace built by the Roman emperor Diocletian. It was built at the end of the 3rd century and much of the town was built within its walls.
The Jews tended to live in Salona, also a port and now a suburb of Split. Invaders in the 7th century destroyed the town and the survivors, including the Jews, found refuge inside the walls of the Diocletian's palace. The Jews from Spain and Portugal strengthened the community as they sought freedom over the years. It was a Daniel Rodriguez that financed and built the Split harbor and customhouse in the 1570s. Because the city was ruled by many different governments over its history, the local Jewish community experienced different amounts of religious freedom. Signs of their co-existence are visible in the palace in many different areas.
Your guide is the only one who will be able to take you on this treasure hunt of Jewish remnants visible to only a few. Also, your guide will make sure you visit the cemetery with a very personal visit to the synagogue. Best of all, your tour will be inclusive of the palace history in Croatia as a separate entity.
- This tour requires multiple steps, uneven streets and an uphill walk.
- If you are unable or unwilling to walk uphill to the cemetery, ask your guide will hire a taxi at additional cost.
- Entrance to the Basements of the Palace is 40 Croatian Kuna per person(8 USD). Although the Synagogue doesn't have an entrance fee, donations are encouraged.
Days offered: 7 days a week