Ancient and Modern, Side by Side

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Split, Croatia, is a seaside metropolis where the Roman emperor Diocletian retired circa 305 AD. Nowadays, his former palace serves as a popular tourist destination . . .

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Pictured here is one of the many archways leading into Diocletian’s Palace.

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Sidewalks cafes, giftshops, and tourists abound in this plaza, surrounded on all sides by the same buildings that once housed Diocletian’s family, noblemen, teems of servants, and presumably a large military force.

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A few Croatian women stroll casually through a section of the palace which now serves as residential housing.

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Just outside the palace walls, one finds this mural depicting the former Roman emperor. The juxtaposition of a motorized scooter in the foreground demonstrates precisely how ancient and modern elements coexist here in Split.


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