Palace of Diocletian
Date ca. 300 CE
Located at Spalato (Split), Croatia
This palace was built for Diocletian’s after he abdicated his power. It is a palace in the design of a military camp (rectangular space divided by two main, intersecting streets) with high, protective walls, gates and towers. To the left of the peristyle court, pictured here, sat Diocletian’s grand, hexagonal mausoleum, and to its right, a temple dedicated to Jupiter. Upon entering the main gate, visitors would have arrived at this sunken peristyle court, used by Diocletian to greet the public. As seen at Hadrian’s villa, arcuated lintels, like the ones here, grew in popularity in the later eras of the Empire.