The Golden Gate
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  • Ginges_revenge
    Brisbane, Australia5,757 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Golden gate into the Diocletian palace.
    This gate was bathed in sun from behind when we visited so looked likes it namesake, the Golden gate. It is the gate furthest from the harbour. It is a grand structure still standing within the original walls. It is the gate to exit if you want to see the Grgur Ninski statue or get to Strossmayer park. One of the four gate to enter the Diocletian's palace and it worth seeing all four as they are a major part of the cities history.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,635 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enter if you dare
    Porta septemtrionalis is the Roman name. Emperor Diocletian walked through them as he entered the Palace on the 1st of June 305. They were built in the shape of a rectangle, with double doors, as part of the defensive military tactics (propugnaculum). This is the grandest of all the gates and more commonly called the Golden gate. It is the northern/main entrance to the palace and the beginning of what was the main road to Salona, (which was a major city of 60,000 and Diocletian’s hometown) before there was a Split. It was once the most impressive with towers and decorative elements above the arches. The arched niches now empty originally contained statues and it is thought that the pedestals at the top of the wall once held statues of the four tetrarchs (Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Constantius Chlorus). These doors, starting from Peristyle, and then through Cardo street, led directly towards Salona as the capital city of the Roman Province Dalmatia, and could only be used by the emperor and the members of his family. Today they are, together with the nearby monument to the Bishop Gregius of Nin (Grgur Ninski), the work of a great Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, one of the favourite Split tourist spots. Under the influence of Venice, in the 16th century, the gates change their name to Porta Aurea or Golden Gates, and this name stayed with them to this day. Today the Golden Gate is one of the best-known spots in Split.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 26 July 2023
  • Jason S
    Melbourne, Australia2,097 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical Gate
    Golden Gate located north of old town in Split is probably the best of the 4 gates to see in Split. Detail to the Roman era designed gate is stunning, being the original main entrance to the Palace Golden Gate is full of history. Also next to Golden Gate is nice park and statues so very good location to explore.
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Beveraldo
    399 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Old and pretty architecture
    Very attractive architecture. Can be seen and moved on from pretty quickly. Avoid the roman centurion fancy dress guys unless you want to pay for a picture with them. Be sure to make a wish and rub the big toe of Gregory of Nin (the massive statue) because locals believe he will bring you good luck.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Nikita V
    Heerlen, The Netherlands45 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty but overhyped
    I went here around noon, with my family, and let me say there were too many tourists. This is a place along the walking route of every tour there is, so every few minutes a group of tourists with a guide would walk past, take pictures and walk off again. It's pretty and gives access to old Split and the park situated next to it, but it's not worth going out of your way for.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 September 2023
  • SnowyShasta
    Portland, Oregon2,312 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting piece of the ancient palace
    The golden gate is one of the four main entrances to Diocletian's palace; this one is on the north side. It is pretty architecturally impressive, so we lingered for a few minutes to look around and admire it. We also learned about St. Martin's Church, which is located in the narrow passage just about the gateway. It's not really worth staying for long, but worth making sure you pass by it while you're visiting the palace.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • AlbertSalichs
    Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Biggest stone gate to old town
    The golden gate is the biggest gate located in the wall of the old town of Split, a city in Dalmatian Coast, in Croatia. It is a very beautiful big stone, which you cross to enter to the old town (or the Diocletian's Palace). Also, it is located near a big statue of Grgur Ninski, a very important bishop, who lived in the region in the Middle Ages. A picture of the statue and the gate is very nice.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 September 2023
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Eva T
United Kingdom2,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
It's one of four gates into Diocletian's Palace. Just the fact that they survived from Roman time is amazing. The wall and gate were probably full of statues in the past as there are many niches.
Written 30 September 2023
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AlbertSalichs
Manresa, Spain22,077 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Friends
The golden gate is the biggest gate located in the wall of the old town of Split, a city in Dalmatian Coast, in Croatia. It is a very beautiful big stone, which you cross to enter to the old town (or the Diocletian's Palace). Also, it is located near a big statue of Grgur Ninski, a very important bishop, who lived in the region in the Middle Ages. A picture of the statue and the gate is very nice.
Written 26 September 2023
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The golden gate is one of the four main entrances to Diocletian's palace; this one is on the north side. It is pretty architecturally impressive, so we lingered for a few minutes to look around and admire it. We also learned about St. Martin's Church, which is located in the narrow passage just about the gateway. It's not really worth staying for long, but worth making sure you pass by it while you're visiting the palace.
Written 23 September 2023
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Nikita V
Heerlen, The Netherlands45 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
I went here around noon, with my family, and let me say there were too many tourists. This is a place along the walking route of every tour there is, so every few minutes a group of tourists with a guide would walk past, take pictures and walk off again. It's pretty and gives access to old Split and the park situated next to it, but it's not worth going out of your way for.
Written 10 September 2023
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Beveraldo
London399 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Very attractive architecture. Can be seen and moved on from pretty quickly. Avoid the roman centurion fancy dress guys unless you want to pay for a picture with them. Be sure to make a wish and rub the big toe of Gregory of Nin (the massive statue) because locals believe he will bring you good luck.
Written 5 September 2023
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Daniel B
19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful architecture, but very busy spot. Guys dressed as roman soldiers offering photos with them at a charge.
Written 4 September 2023
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia2,097 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Golden Gate located north of old town in Split is probably the best of the 4 gates to see in Split.

Detail to the Roman era designed gate is stunning, being the original main entrance to the Palace Golden Gate is full of history.

Also next to Golden Gate is nice park and statues so very good location to explore.
Written 28 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,635 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Porta septemtrionalis is the Roman name. Emperor Diocletian walked through them as he entered the Palace on the 1st of June 305. They were built in the shape of a rectangle, with double doors, as part of the defensive military tactics (propugnaculum).

This is the grandest of all the gates and more commonly called the Golden gate. It is the northern/main entrance to the palace and the beginning of what was the main road to Salona, (which was a major city of 60,000 and Diocletian’s hometown) before there was a Split. It was once the most impressive with towers and decorative elements above the arches.

The arched niches now empty originally contained statues and it is thought that the pedestals at the top of the wall once held statues of the four tetrarchs (Diocletian, Maximian, Galerius and Constantius Chlorus).

These doors, starting from Peristyle, and then through Cardo street, led directly towards Salona as the capital city of the Roman Province Dalmatia, and could only be used by the emperor and the members of his family. Today they are, together with the nearby monument to the Bishop Gregius of Nin (Grgur Ninski), the work of a great Croatian sculptor Ivan Meštrović, one of the favourite Split tourist spots.

Under the influence of Venice, in the 16th century, the gates change their name to Porta Aurea or Golden Gates, and this name stayed with them to this day.

Today the Golden Gate is one of the best-known spots in Split.
Written 26 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Ginges_revenge
Brisbane, Australia5,757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
This gate was bathed in sun from behind when we visited so looked likes it namesake, the Golden gate. It is the gate furthest from the harbour.
It is a grand structure still standing within the original walls.
It is the gate to exit if you want to see the Grgur Ninski statue or get to Strossmayer park.
One of the four gate to enter the Diocletian's palace and it worth seeing all four as they are a major part of the cities history.
Written 22 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

macedonboy
Glasgow, UK185,732 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
This gate is one of the four principal gates into the old town of Split and was the northern gate of Diocletian’s Palace. This is a huge, solid looking entrance. Set into the facade are five niches, two on each side of the central arch and one above, four of which would’ve housed statues of the Tetrarchs, of whom Diocletian was one. Above that are three niches in between a blind arcade of seven arches.
Written 28 May 2023
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