Golden gates

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Porta septemtrionalis is their Roman name. Through them, Emperor Diocletian stepped into the Palace on June 1, 305. They were built in the shape of a quadrangle, with double doors, as part of defensive military tactics (propugnaculum).

The façade is decorated with niches featuring sculptures by four tetrarchs (Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Constantius Chlorus). This gate, through which the road from the Peristyle, along Cardo Street, led directly to Salona as the capital of the Roman province of Dalmatia, was allowed to be used only by the emperor and members of their families. Today, with the nearby monument to Bishop Grgur Ninski, the work of the great Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, they are one of Split's favorite tourist spots.

Influenced by Venice, the gate in the 16th century changed its name to Porta Aurea, or Golden Gate, which has survived to this day.

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Place Type

Monuments

Location

Split

Place Location

Dioklecijanova ul. 7, 21000, Split

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4.9
(13 reviews)
Jake
This gate was impressive and fascinating. Its antique design just stands out.
Bruce
I was impressed by the golden gates. they depicted an era that was a both artistic and architectural geniuses. the intricate details that have survived through time are amazing
Renaud
Awesome place that we visited while walking around the place and it has rich history that is impressive and good place to orient ourselves of the palace.
Maaike
Great wall that sorrounds the palace and connects with the gate and gives spectacular views. I also got a chance to buy a few souvenirs from the many stalls here
Janelle
Golden gate park is the largest man made park in the world, it's a must go place whether you are visiting San Francisco or a local. Some of the things we did there included biking from one end to another, seeing the de Young museum and the Academy of science during their free days, saw the buffalo in their enclosure, and had lunch at china town.
Jeroen
Lovely landmark that is an entrance to the fortress. It has a beautiful and fascinating architectural structure that is eye catching. It has a wall that we enjoyed the sight of as we went cycling around the place and loved our tour. The gate is phenomenal and has a great historical story that enlightens more about the place and many other awesome things. The design is unique that give a different touch of a genius work of art that is beautiful.
Levi
As a history teacher, i was delighted to learn the history of Porta Septemtrionalis who helped the Diocletian Emperor step into the palace. I was awed by the artwork of the golden gates which were built in the shape of quadrangle and double doors. It was super fun biking around the walls of the park with my friends.I collected many souvenirs which i took to my wife and she loved them.
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