Fodor's Expert Review Katedrala Sveti Dujam

Split Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The main body of the cathedral is the 3rd-century octagonal mausoleum designed as a shrine to Emperor Diocletian. During the 7th century, refugees from Salona converted it into an early Christian church, ironically dedicating it to Sv. Duje (St. Domnius), after Bishop Domnius of Salona, one of the many Christians martyred during the late emperor's persecution campaign. The cathedral's monumental main door is ornamented with magnificent carved wooden reliefs, the work of Andrija Buvina of Split, portraying 28 scenes from the life of Christ and dated 1214. The interior contains a hexagonal Romanesque stone pulpit from the 13th century that is richly carved. The high altar, surmounted by a late-Gothic canopy, was executed by Bonino of Milan in 1427. Nearby is the 15th-century canopied Gothic altar of Anastasius by Juraj Dalmatinac. The elegant 200-foot Romanesque-Gothic bell tower was constructed in stages between the 12th and 16th centuries; the tower is sometimes closed in winter during... READ MORE

The main body of the cathedral is the 3rd-century octagonal mausoleum designed as a shrine to Emperor Diocletian. During the 7th century, refugees from Salona converted it into an early Christian church, ironically dedicating it to Sv. Duje (St. Domnius), after Bishop Domnius of Salona, one of the many Christians martyred during the late emperor's persecution campaign. The cathedral's monumental main door is ornamented with magnificent carved wooden reliefs, the work of Andrija Buvina of Split, portraying 28 scenes from the life of Christ and dated 1214. The interior contains a hexagonal Romanesque stone pulpit from the 13th century that is richly carved. The high altar, surmounted by a late-Gothic canopy, was executed by Bonino of Milan in 1427. Nearby is the 15th-century canopied Gothic altar of Anastasius by Juraj Dalmatinac. The elegant 200-foot Romanesque-Gothic bell tower was constructed in stages between the 12th and 16th centuries; the tower is sometimes closed in winter during bad weather. Climb to the top of the bell tower for a spectacular view of the entire palace and of Split.

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Quick Facts

3 Ul. Kraj Sv. Duje
Split, Splitsko-Dalmatinska  21000, Croatia

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Cathedral 25 Kn (including crypt); bell tower 15 Kn

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