The developmet of Salona was so rapid in 3rd and 4th Centuries that we can’t compare it with other Roman towns that were characterised by rational street grid structure. We know very little about the oldest part of the town, Urbs Quadrata or Urbs Vetus. It was enclosed by the walls, with Cardo and Decumanus streets making the usual Roman streets...more
Salona (the word is the root of Croatian name of Solin) was the most important Roman town on the Eastern Adriatic coast, capital of Roman province of Dalmatia. Town was originally Illiryan harbour with strong Greek influence, and was conquered by Romans in the 1st Century BC. Colonia Martia Iulia Salonae was official name of the Roman Colony -...more
Priest Asterius and five soldiers of the Emperor’s Guards – Telius, Antiochianus, Gaianus and Paulinianus were killed in gladiator fights in the nearby amphitheatre in 4th Century and later buried in one of the nearby cemeteries. They started to be worshipped as martyrs and at the cemetery in Kapljuc the cemeterial basilica "of Five Martyrs" was...more
Even if you’re not one of those who are very interested in historic stories, old stones and archaeological presentations, Salona archaeological park still offers excellent views and nice ambients amidst modern Solin and frantic post-industrial area of northern parts of Split metropolitan area. It is always nice to walk on the paths of the park, and...more
Gladiator fights were the big spectacle for citizens of Salona and supposedly up to 18,000 of them could enjoy these spectacular fights between men and animals in the amphitheatre of Salona. It was built inside the Northwestern town walls in 2nd Century AD, at the times when Salona was at one of its peaks of development. The Amphitheatre had three...more
River Jadro makes many branches in its lower flow and The Island of our Lady is the biggest and most important of them, having lots of symbolic significance even on the national level. According to many archaeologists, including the Danish Einar Dyggve who did a lot of research in Salona, The Island of Our Lady was the first place of settlement of...more
In the first centuries of Christianity as the new official religion not only children were baptised but rather older people that converted to it. The significance of this process can be seen in a large complex situated north from the Basilica Urbana that consisted of Catechumenon (hall for religious education), Baptistry and the Confirmation hall....more
In the 4th century, when Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire, churches started to be built in Roman towns and Salona was no exception. Large Church centre was built in North-western corner of Eastern urban extension, probably at the place where Christians used to gather illegally in some private home during the earlier times. Being a new...more
Porta Caesarea (The Imperial Gates) were the oldest and the biggest gates leading to the old part of Salona (Urbs vetus) from the east. They remained rather intact even after the eastern extension of the town, probably because – like the eastern wall – they had an important role in town’s water supply system. There’s a central passage for carriages...more
Locals often refer to Salona as to Croatian Pompeii, and although the comparision might seem a little bit exaggerated it is true that this is the best preserved archaeological site of Roman towns in Croatia. Mainly due to the fact that town was destroyed (not by the natural cause, like Pompeii, but by Avarian and Slavic tribes in 614 AD) and...more
Even if you're not one of those who are interested in historic stories and old stones the Island of Our Lady is worth visiting. It is the center of new urban park that was created along the central flow of Jadro river. With many branches of Jadro around you, this space offers possibilites for walks, sitting or children play. Religious ceremonies...more
In front of the Church of Our Lady of the Island there’s a natural well called Our Lady’s Well. It was the place that always had fresh water, and the place where sellers would fill their tanks in the 17th and 18th Century and selling it in Split that had no water supply system at that time. Local custom says that you should make a wish and throw a...more
It's not the best pizza in the world, but the location is great - just over the waters of Jadro river, situated in an old mill from the 15th century. They serve pizzas and some pasta dishes. Or you can just sit and have a coffee or a cold beer (not from the usual refridgerators but the staff leave bottles in the fresh waters of the river to cool...more
A special type of trout - called Solin trout (Solinska pastrva) lives in clean waters of Jadro river. There's a fish pond in the center of Solin, and a nearby restaurant Zvonimir, overlooking the Jadro river, serves the best grilled trout in Solin. From inside, you can either watch the slow flow of Jadro river on one side, or watch the football...more
The “House of Culture” Zvonimir has one stage hall where you can watch (more or less regular) movies and occasional concerts, plays and other events. The exhibition centre on the first floor often has exhibitions of local artists, while the library on the ground floor has a large collection of books about Solin in its Salonitana Collection. Dom...more
Over the church from the 6th Century and within the 16th Century fortress in Gradina there?s a large open-air theatre that?s the main stage in Solin during the summer nights. It?s a great place to catch re-runs of all movies that played during the winter season. Occasionally, in irregular but rather frequent intervals plays and concerts are staged...more
Solin is included in local transport network of Split, served by Promet buses. There are two main stops in central area of Solin - Sirina, south from the center and Bilankusa, north from the center. You'll recognize Sirina as the second stop after the big Mercator shopping center that will be on your right hand side if you're taking a bus from...more
Reaching Solin by car is easy since it is located on the crossroads of fast roads around Split. You'll pass Solin if you're travelling along the Adriatic tourist road (Jadranska magistrala) or if you're arriving by A1 road from Sinj. It will also be on your way if you've headed from Split to Kastela or Trogir. From Split take any of the streets...more
Solinjanka or Salonitanka, meaning woman from Solin / Salona is one of the most important Roman portraits found in Croatia. It shows Plautilla, the future wife of notorious Caracalla, at the young age and dates back from the beginning of 3rd Century. This portrait in marble is masterpiece of portrait art, and is included in most reviews of Roman...more
Large shopping centre on more than 30,000 square metres with big hypermarket and small shops offering everything from clothes to small stationery, pharmacy and electronic equipment. Free parking at the basement. Non-inspiring and rather sterile but cheap and eatable food & coffee in typical hypermarket restaurants. Almost everything you might...more
This small open air market in Zvonimirova street, opposite the Tourist office consists of only several stalls with fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. They are all grown in the surrounding areas of Solin and brought here by local people. Fresh fruits and vegetables. During the summer don't miss the fresh watermellons. Salesmen keep them in the...more
One of the most popular features of new urban parks along the Jadro river are the bird colonies that are very popular among the kids. Parents are brought here by their kids every weekend from the wide area of Split connurbation. Local stores usually have huge piles of bags of "smoki" corn flips that is popular among the birds and you should bring...more
Festival of ethno music EthnoAmbient tends to promote different cultures, understanding and tolerance for cultural diversity, tradition, Nature…With the freshening breeze from the hills of Kozjak and the river Jadro in Solin festival brings the groups from various European countries with the sounds of their ancestors. Festival is accompanied by the...more
Solin is very proud of its green spaces, and it is what makes it different from other neighbouring towns. But in order to keep the grass green during the hot summer days it has to be constantly sprinkled with water.
No problem for town park keepers (there's lots of water in Jadro river), but you should be careful and watch where you're going unless you want to get sprayed yourself.
Well, you wouldn't be the first nor the last one to whom it had happened, to the joy of locals that will laugh from the nearby bench.
Some 15 years ago a new cemetery was created outside the town centre but the oldest part of the old cemetery on Gospin otok (the Island of Our Lady) was preserved.
It hides some true masterpieces of cemetery sculpture and is generally worth a short peek inside.
The entrance is right behind the church on Gospin otok.
The last urban park along Jadro river is the one in Sirina, at the southern entrance to central Solin. You’ll easily recognize this spot by huge poplar trees that form the welcome image as you approach solin by the highway from Split. Above the river there’s a small bridge that’s also a monument to soldiers from Solin who lost their lives in the...more
In central area of Solin river Jadro splits into several flows. There are several waterfalls as well, and upstream of the biggest of them there’s a small lake-like part of the river. The birds colony was recently introduced as part of the landscape project in central Solin. There are pavillions and shelters for swans, ducks and other birds. The...more
Southwards from the Hollow Church and Ljubinci there’s a small sandy island called Dvorine. It is famous “beach” of children from Solin who are searching the refreshment in the shallow waters of Jadro during the summer. Dvorine is still under vineyards and orchards owned by people that live in nearby houses. It is also one of the most interesting...more