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4 Things That You Didn't Know About Split


1. FROM EGYPT TO SPLIT

As a great admirer of all things Egyptian, Diocletian brought several sphinx to Split during his lifetime. Up until now, 12 have been found and the most prominent ones are on Peristil Square and in front of Jupiter's Temple. After the Christians came, they were thought to be destroyed but several still remain.

2. BEST SELLING AUTHOR OF THE RENAISSANCE

Marko Marulic, a Split native, was a famous author at the end of the 15th century. He is known as the father of the Croatian Renaissance. A nobleman born in the Venetian Republic, he was so popular during his lifetime that his work was published to Japan.

3. THE DAY PERISTYLE SQUARE TURNED RED

In 1968 a group of artists painted the famous square in red, to this day no one knows why they did it. Peristyle, the central square of the adjoining palace was used by Diocletian who was often celebrated as the living son of Jupiter. He would often appear at the centre of the square and people would approach him to touch or kiss his scarlet cloak. In 1968, when the incident occurred ,it was thought to be an act of rebellion against Communism rather than simple vandalism. The men were brought to justice and 2 of them committed suicide.

4. THE CITY OF OLYMPIC MEDALS

Split is believed to be the city with the most Olympic medals per capita, a total of 73 medals were won by people born in Split and those who made their career in one of Split's sport clubs. First gold came in 1952 won by rowers of VK Gusar, and then follow great names of water polo, swimming, basketball, rowing, tennis, weight lifting, handball, and athletics.

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