Salona – the ancient capital of Dalmatia

The pulse of history never dies. This one is a beauty

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Driving into Split on the main road from Trogir, you pass by what appears to be a large municipal park with some ruins. Most people are probably too busy watching the traffic to pay much attention. But these ruins are what’s left of Salona, Dalmatia’s largest and most important city two thousand years ago. You’d hardly credit it, even walking around the park, as it’s all very low-key, most visitors seem to be locals walking their dogs. On the day we visited, there were few other tourists, and it’s possible to enjoy the place in peace, connecting with its ancient past.

Salona - old city walls Salona – old city walls

Salona was originally a fortified Illyrian settlement on the shore of a wide bay, where the river Jadro flows into it. Behind, the coastal mountain range rises steeply, protecting from any land attack. The Greek colonists from Issa (Vis) established a trading post nearby…

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  1. yeseventhistoowillpass says:

    Wow.. I’m totally ignorant… Who were the the people of this area…?

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  2. ..the Dalmatian Coast was settled (or inhabited) by an ancient people called “ILLYRIANS” and some are descended from the old Roman colonists, slavic and latin (Italian) people! For you see, if that cursed, satanic King Tomislav and the equally satanic (and some historians say that this JESUS CHRIST was a fictitious character who NEVER existed) Catholic church did not allow the Vlasi (so -called Serbians) into Croatian lands, we would NOT have the trouble in Croatia (or former Jugoslavia) as we do today! There would have been NO Balkan Wars, no assassination of Arch Duke Ferdinand by serbian terrorists, and no BLEIBURG in WW2 and no Homeland War if these “serbians” were NOT allowed into Croatia or Bosnia! It’s too bad that Bulgarian King Simeon did NOT kill all these serbians on the Drina River! Now they are killing the Croats and other peoples of the area!

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    • Oh, Tempus Fugit, take a load off – the world cannot say “what if a thousand years ago”. And by the way historians are only mortals who often write what they call history but in fact they have written fiction. Jesus Christ is no fiction – he exists and existed

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    • Yeah, because surely some other group of people wouldn’t have found an excuse to attack Croatia in order to take its resources…because only Serbs are evil, the rest of the world is just peachy and would never start territorial wars with a beautiful, resource rich, strategically positioned nation like Croatia or Bosnia.

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  3. What fun to find old ruins. They cause such strong bonds to those who walked before us. Hugs, Barbara

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  4. Michael Silovic says:

    There is so much history to our country and so many undiscovered places to see that I am constantly amazed by the many findings and beauty. Thanks for sharing such a treasure.

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  5. I love looking at ancient ruins.

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  6. I love these ruins and I love Solin. To be very honest, I like that the place is not as tourist-heavy as Split. It’s just nice to see more of the locals in their day to day lives and it’s a very peaceful little place.

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  7. This is very beautiful, Ina!

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  8. So beautiful. Thank you for following my blog, i appreciate that very much and i’m more than happy to follow yours.
    My best to you
    john

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