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Vampire travels across Europe

Dioclentian’s Stronghold – The Historian

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Chapter 16 sees us back on the Adriatic, in Split, Croatia to be precise

“Diocletian’s elegant stronghold towered over us in the morning sunlight”

Diocletians palace - Plit

Courtesy of wikicommons

“Many of the spaces between its beautiful columns had been filled in – often by people dividing up the building for apartments”

This is what Wikipedia says

After the Romans abandoned the site, the Palace remained empty for several centuries. In the 7th century nearby residents fled to the walled palace to escape invading barbarians. Since then the palace has been occupied, with residents making their homes and businesses within the palace basement and directly in its walls.[1] Today many restaurants and shops, and some homes, can still be found within the walls.

“Just in front of us rose a fantastic tower,open to the winds and decorated like a piece of pastry, a tall thin wedding cake.”

“I’ve always wanted to see this…shall we climb to the top?”

The bell tower is actually the symbol of the City of Split.

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Other image credits

Sv. Duje cathedral, Split, Croatia courtesy of wikicommons and another more distant view from wikicommons

and Peristil – the interior square within the Diocletian’s Palace, Split (Croatia) courtesy of wikicommons

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Written by Gillian

July 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

Posted in Chapter 16

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