Tour begins at Riva, waterfront promenade, next to a place where once stood city Lazaretti, quarantine and harbour complex built by Portuguese Jew Daniel Rodriga, man who turned Split into important town. It continues with the Diocletian's Palace substructures where we will find early medieval Menorah carved on its ancient walls, marking possible location of the first synagogue in Split. While walking through the Diocletian's Palace, we will visit the once Jewish Ghetto and an alley locally known as the Jewish Passage, with the 16th century Synagogue, which we will tour accompanied by members of the local Jewish community. Please note that on certain days Synagogue might be closed. At the nearby square you'll see the third oldest European bookstore founded by another important Jew Vid Morpurgo. Right in front of it is a place where Italian fascists' burned holy books and furniture from the Synagogue in 1942. Another WW2 spot will be at western part of Riva, where Nazis executed Jews and members of the resistance in 1943 and 1944. Tour ends with easy ascent to Marjan forest park, with 1573 Jewish cemetery and the most beautiful view on Split. Throughout tour, you will also learn about 17 century of history of Split
My name is Ivica, and I am a journalist, blogger, and a licensed tour guide. I was born and raised in Split, Croatia. I like to discover different layers of history of Split, and almost 2,000 years of Jewish presence in this area is one of the most fascinating. Although not of Jewish origins, I was always interested in this community's contribution to Split and its heritage. Also, one member of my broader family was awarded as the Righteous Among the Nations.
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We will visit most of the Diocletian's Palace and spots important for Jewish heritage in Split. Also, we will go to the old Jewish cemetery in Marjan Forest Park
Synagogue has limited working hours, and can be closed on some days. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Time and day of tour can be negotiated, depending on other tours that day