Visit Salona, the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia and the largest archeological park in Croatia. Experience the impressiveness of this ancient Roman city, visit the walls with towers and gates, temples, amphitheater...
For those who like to explore archeological sites from ancient Roman times, Solin (Salona) is a top destination. Having an open-air museum that is actually a former Roman city, Salona is an absolute hit for all travelers interested in history.
From the ancient Salona, which was once the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, through the time of Croatian rulers and the crowning of King Zvonimir to the present day, the city of Solin is truly a monument itself.
We bring you the most historically and culturally interesting places in Solin:
1. Amphitheater - Amphitheater in Salona, a monument of ancient architecture in Croatia, the remains of which were discovered in 1846 in the former ancient city of Salona. The amphitheater in Salona was built in the second half of the 2nd century during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
2. City Gate - this oldest gate is relatively well preserved. In the middle is a carriage passage, and on the side is a pedestrian passage. The road that led through the gate outside the city, after a hundred meters, crossed the "Five Bridges".
3. Gospin otok - According to some sources, Gospin otok was the first settlement of Croats in this area. It was built in the 10th century when Croatian Queen Jelena built two churches there.
4. Jadro River - Jadro is a watercourse in Dalmatia in Croatia that flows into the Adriatic Sea. Moreover, the river supplies water to the cities of Split, Kastela and Trogir. The people of Solin also call it "Solinska rika" (Solin River).
5. Five Bridges - the road from the oldest part of Salona was laid on stone arches, which in local terminology are known as the Five Bridges. Massive stone remains are still visible today.
6. Gradina - a medieval fortress on the right bank of the river Jadro, 250 m northeast of the parish church of Our Lady of the Island. The area of Gradina has been the center of cultural events in Solin for the last decades, and the fortress itself is a protected good.
7. Basilica Urbana - Basilica Urbana is the name for the main, episcopal church of Salona. The remains of the basilica are still visible today, so it is easy to recognize the ground plan and plan of the church firsthand.
8. Hollow church - this basilica is the place of the coronation of King Zvonimir. The hollow church is a protected cultural heritage and was built in the 11th century. Systematic archaeological research to better understand this building is still ongoing.
9. Gaspina mlinica - Gaspina mlinica is a protected cultural heritage of the City of Solin, in which 15 mills operated throughout the year in the 18th century. Mlinica was the center of life and all events until the introduction of electric mills.
10. Kapljuc - an old Christian cemetery with the remains of a basilica from the 4th century is dedicated to five Solin martyrs who lost their lives during Diocletian's persecutions.