Photographer's Note

Inside Diocletian’s vestibule

The Diocletian’s Palace is a large fortified complex built for the Roman emperor Diocletian (244-311) near his native town of Aspalthos in Dalmatia. Diocletian lived his last years in his palace and at his death his corpse was put in a sarcophagus and placed in a mausoleum. Later a medieval town grew around the palace to eventually become present-day Split. Today the palace encompasses one of the most famous collections of architectural and cultural buildings on the Croatian Adriatic coast. It figures on the UNESCO World Heritage List thanks to the level of preservation of the many buildings of succeeding historical periods, starting with the Roman period, these buildings forming the very tissue of old Split. The Diocletian's palace is a sort of labyrinth-like place where you can easily get lost. In which case it could be useful to have a 500 HRK banknote in your wallet since a representation of the palace can be found on the reverse side!

The photo shows a room that could be called the "rotunda of the vestibule". It’s a large circular room (12 m diameter, 17 m high) inserted in a square building. This was my second visit to Split and strangely I had not seen it the first time. It’s just next to the main square (the peristyle) and I wonder how I had managed to miss it. Was closed for renovation? The tower seen on the photo is the tower of the Cathedral of Saint Doimus, a middle ages transformation of the Mausoleum of Diocletian. From the moment I entered the rotunda I thought all these arcs and circles could be an interesting photo subject, but was not sure the strong contrasts were manageable.

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