The capital of Dalmatia is also the pride of it, offering a port town with more holiday delight than you can count with both hands. This lovely town presents the best promenade views and some of Europe’s most beautiful beaches. You might know that already, but how much do you really know about Split beyond its tourist appeal? We test your Split trivia knowledge to the limits today with five little know things about Croatia’s gateway to beautiful islands.
1) Split is home to the oldest, and smallest, catholic cathedral in the world!
How familiar are you with the catholic faith? Even the staunchest of Christians are usually taken aback by this fact, but it is the case that Split is the location for the planet’s oldest, original structure cathedral still in use. Built at the onset of the 7 th century AD, the church of Saint Domnius stands today as the first of its kind both in terms of existence and size.
2) There are eight UNESCO world heritage sites nearby!
If there was any doubt of Split’s place in tourism circles, that should be all cleared up now. Via a Split taxi, it would only take you two hours to sample 8 UNESCO world treasures without straying too far. You can tour Diocletian’s Palace at the heart of the city, head down to Trogir town for a second UNESCO accolade, travel to Sibenik’s St. James cathedral for a third, and wander off to the Plitvice Lakes on a day trip, to name a few.
3) The town holds a chocolate record!
Split is in the Guinness Book of World Records, and for chocolate no less! The feat was made possible by chocolate company Nadalina, who decided to do something big, quite literally it would appear, to mark their 25 th anniversary. That they did when they created an 800-kilogram chocolate block, made up of 902 individual pieces, which took up a great deal of the town’s city square. Talk about achievements!
4) Split has the lucky toe of Gregory of Nin
Grgur Ninski (local dialect) was an opinionated bishop of the 10 th century, who stood against official circles of the church at the time. He was always at loggerheads with the Pope, and his efforts played a major role in influencing church masses in the country to be held in the local language when the sermons had long been done only in Latin. Renowned sculptor Ivan Meštrović made a massive statue of him in the previous century, and it’s said that rubbing its toe brings good fortune!
5) It has the most Olympic awards per capita!
Famous for its fairytale beaches and the islands off it, not too many people are aware that Spilt is a sporting city, and a very successful one too at that. Close to 70 medalists rose from its humble roots, and you can find out who they are at West Riva promenade where their names are etched into a legendary Walk of Fame. If you’ve been surprised by what you’ve learned about Split, you’ll be lost for words when you visit in person and see things up-close!