Cathedral & Bell Tower, Split

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    St. Dominus Cathedral

    by shavy Written Aug 26, 2014

    Not far from Vestibule the Peristyle area. This is a wonderful plaza that is on both sides with a colonnade ornamented. Among the sights there are two sphinxes are from Egypt. The Cathedral of St. Dominus, was originally the mausoleum of Diocletian and is within the boundaries of his palace.

    The cathedral was built by Philotas and consecrated in the 7d century.
    The building looks more or less the same as just after construction. The only addition is a 60 meter high bell tower from the 12th century.

    You can climb the tower to the top to enjoy a great view over the Palace of Diocletian. The highlights of the church include the Altar of St. Dominus and the 13-angled stone Romanesque pulpit.

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    Bell Tower of Cathedral

    by shavy Written Aug 26, 2014

    The building covers a total surface area of 35.000 square meter. Sixteen defensive towers kept intruders at a safe distance. One can go up to the tower bell , as we have seen so many people waiting on the rows we decide not to do it.
    Here we see a remnant of the Corinthian colonnade that lined the two intersecting thoroughfares along with the six story Gothic bell tower added much later. Today this tower is the symbol of the city

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    Cathedral and Mausoleum

    by solopes Updated Jun 20, 2014

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    See what we missed?

    Coming from the 7th century, this seems to be the oldest Catholic cathedral in the world that remains in use in its original structure.

    This strange complex of Diocletian Emperor mausoleum and the old cathedral has only been seen from distance, passing in a hurry!

    We should have taken two weeks instead of one. I will to go back, one day.

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    Cathedral of St. Domnius

    by traveloturc Updated Mar 24, 2012

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    The symbol of the city is the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. Domnius.According to historians it takes 3 centuries to build it ....a little slow but the result is faboulous.No need to say that the architecture norms and fashion has change in 300 years and thats why the style is a little confusing a coctail of Romanesque,gothic and a little of renaissance .You are allowed to climb if you are energetic enough.)))

    Cathedral of St. Domnius the tower from another angle
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    The Cathedral

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    The Cathedral of St. Domnius is one of the emblems of the town of Split. The locals are very pround on it, in particularly on its bell-tower which is the tallest building of the town. When is Split, do not say anything against St. Duje (Domnius), Grgur Ninski and local football club called Hajduk.
    The Cathedral of St.Duje is the smallest cathedral in the world but also the oldest on. It was built in the beginning of the 4th century, as mausoleum of Roman Emperor Diocletianus and was transformed into christian church in the 7th century. Domnius was the Bishop of Salona (Solin) who was martyred by Diocletianus in 304. Domnius is Latin version of his name or Dujam in Croatian, but everybody in Split and Croatia call him Duje. St. Duje is the patron saint of Split.

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    The Cathedral of Saint Dujam

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    The Cathedral of St. Duje (local name for Dujam or Domnius in Latin) is a complex of a church, formed from imperial mausoleum of Roman Emperor Diocletianus. St. Duje is patron sainf of Split, who was a 3rd century bishop of Salona (Solin nearby Split). Bishop Dujam was martyred with seven other christians in the persecutions of Emperor Diocletianus.
    The cathedral is composed of three different sections of three different ages. The main core of the cathedral is ex-mausoleum of Emperor Diocletianus which dates from the 3rd century. It is laid out on an octagonal plan and has a double lines of Corinthian columns, many of which are Roman origins. Later in the 17th century a chorus was added to the eastern side of the mausoleum and for that purpose the eastern wall of the mausoleum was torn down in order to unify the two chambers.
    The wooden doors of the cathedral dates from 1220, made by the medieval Croatian painter and sculptor Andrija Buvina. It is fine example of Romanesque art, displaying life of Jesus Christ in 12 different sections.
    The front side of the cathedral and the main entrance was interlaced with arcades of the Peristyle.
    There is a permanent exibitions of the treasures and relicts in the Cathedral, note of your attention.

    entrance to the cathedral The Cathedral The Portal
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    The Bell-tower

    by croisbeauty Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    The idea of this picture was to catch the sunrise in one of the bell-tower's window. Besides, the picture of tower taken from this perspective always look very attractive.
    The bell tower is from 1100 and is one of the most beautiful Romanesque towers in the world. Extensive refurbishing in 1908 radically changed the bell tower and most of the original Romanesque sculptures were removed.
    The Bell-tower is the highest building in the town of Split. On a clear day you can see whole the town and surroundings islands from its top.

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    Cathedral of St Duje and Roman Mausoleum

    by spidermiss Updated Jun 12, 2011

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    The Cathedral and Temple is situated in the heart of Diocletian's Palace and houses the emporer's mausoleum. The Cathedral originally built as the mausoleum and the Romansque belfry was added in the 16th Century but reconstructed at the beginning of the 20th Century when the tower collapsed. There are two lion figures at the belfry's entrance.

    The original Octagon shaped mausoleum, which dates back from the 3rd Century and to commemorate Emperor Dicoletian, has 24 columns is preserved and the interior has two rows of Corinthian columns. There is also a frieze of Emperor Dicoletian and his wife, Prisca.

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    Cathedral of St Duje

    by aukahkay Written Sep 30, 2010

    The Cathedral of St Duje is the catholic cathedral of Split. The Cathedral of St. Duje is a complex of a church, formed from an Imperial Roman mausoleum, with a bell tower. The cathedral was named after Saint Duje, patron saint of Split, who was a 3rd century Bishop of Salona. Salona was a large Roman city serving as capital of the Province of Dalmatia.

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    Cathedral of St. Duje

    by antistar Written Sep 11, 2010

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    Fittingly, Split Cathedral, built over the palace of a Christian butchering Roman emperor, is dedicated to St. Duje, a martyr who died at the hands of Emperor Diocletian. During the Christian persecution he was beheaded, along with the eight soldiers he had converted to Christianity. He is now the patron saint of the city.

    The main part of the church is built into the original Roman mausoleum, but the impressive Romanesque tower is a wholly new construct, coming in the 1100s.

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    St. Duhe Masoleum

    by BruceDunning Updated May 28, 2010

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    This is on the adjacent side of the cathedral and now used for baptisms and ceremonies. Diocletian had this built for his burial place. It is in octagon shape with massive stones. It is 75 feet tall, 9 feet thick, and surrounded by 28 columns made of granite and marble that came from booty form Greece and Egypt. The lion and grotesque figurines are on the front side of the church. The sphinx statues that should be at the front church entrance are away now being "restored", but they are from 15th century BC.

    Rooftop of the mausoleum Octogan shaped connected with columns View of round mausoleum from afar Statues on the ledge Columns surround the church complex
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    St. Dominius Church Treasury and Crypt Museums

    by BruceDunning Updated May 28, 2010

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    The treasury is on the inside of the church and cost $2, or 10 kuna. It is small but okay for a short visit. I was not that impressed because there were not a lot of artifacts and religious icons. There are some sacral art works dating back to 13th century, vestments form 14th-19th centuries, and a set of books with age from 6th century forward. The crypt below cost $1 to enter, and basically a hollow carved out alcove where there is the crypt-I guess of St. Domnius, and St John on a pedestal.

    Treasury items to show Crypt is eery but serene
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    Cathedral of St. Domnius-Sveti Duhe

    by BruceDunning Updated May 28, 2010

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    The Duhe name means Domnius, the patron saint of Split. This complex was turned into a cathedral in the 7th century, and today is the anchor of Diocletian fame. The church is said by some to have been built over the burial place of Diocletian, but adjacent is the original mausoleum that is surrounded by 28 columns. The body of diocletian "disappeared" in 7th century and St. Domnius is now ensconced.
    The bell tower is from the 13th century. The church inside is not so ornate, in my opinion, and has had two major additions over the years. The style is a mix of Renaissance, and Romanesque from the huge columns and carved stones and figures on the outside. The main floor of the church inside was mosaics, but now covered over. The dome is 60 feet high and very ordinary looking. In the 17th century a chorus section was added, with choir stalls of elaborate carved wood. The wooden doors are made in 1214 by sculptor Andrija Buvina and has 28 panel scenes of the life of Jesus.
    They have a treasury, crypt, and bell tower that can be entered. Respective costs are $2, $1, and $3 for the tower. Besidesthat, across from the church is the Baptistery that is another site described on another page.

    Church main entry door Bell tower conjuncting the church View of the complex with mausoleum Looking up to tower Alter decorations
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    St. Domnius(Duhe) -Inside Church Bell Tower

    by BruceDunning Updated May 28, 2010

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    This was a fabulous trip and the views of the town wonderful. Entry is just off to the right of the main entry into the church, and somewhat nondescript, so you need to look for it. The campanile tower was built in 1300 AD with Romanesque style, and it took 300 years to complete. Extensive rebuilding was done in 1890-1906, because the stone originally was not of good quality and most of the tower collapsed, and to give it a more modern look of today, but did away with a lot of the Romanesque style architecture. The tower is 180 feet and guess 200+ steps but the walk is okay without crowds. Entry is $2 or 10 kuna and well worth

    Look up to the tower elaborate design Climbing the stairwell Winding staircase Arriving at the bells Columns near the top for overview
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    Sveti Duje's Katedral

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated May 13, 2008

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    That's the name generally attributed to the church the first Christian residents of Split created in the deserted mausoleum that once held the body of Diocletian. Duje (Domnius)was their beloved local bishop, whose death some 300 years earlier had come at the order of that same emperor who was a ferocious persecutor of the early Christian church. There's a certain irony in that!

    In fact (something I learned fromdiocletianvs), the Cathedral is actually dedicated to the Virgin, it's the adjacent bell tower that is named for the saint.

    The cathedral itself is an extraordinary building - Roman with mediaeval and Renaissance additions in its exterior appearance, ornately Christian in its decoration and furnishings as you look around when you first enter, but once you enter the body of the church and you look up, from the tops of the Corinthian columns into the dome they support, this is pure Rome, stripped of its original golden mosaics, you can see the bones of this building as well as reliefs of Diocletian and his wife - fabulous!

    Down below and all around you, the cathedral is richly decorated with carved stone and wood, gilt and fresco. Two elaborate side chapels are dedicated to Domnius and his fellow martyr, Anastasius. The magnificently carved 13th century wooden doors are protected by glass.

    Stairs lead up to the Cathedral Treasury - the usual mix of rich vestments, reliquaries, documents and church plate. There's a small charge for entry.

    You might be lucky, as we have been, and find the crypt open. Not that tere's a lot to see but its cool vaults offer a welcome respite from the heat. Its opening times are erratic.
    No photography is allowed inside the cathedral.

    Cathedral and belltower Guarding the entrance Useful Crypt chapel
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