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"Split -The eagles of the Ninth" Top 5 Page for this destination Croatia Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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For all the visitors it gets, Split's Archeological Museum should perhaps be listed under 'Off the Beaten Path", which is a huge shame as this museum is truly excellent. It's worth seeking out just for the two magnificent Roman eagles of the 9th Legion that sit on tall columns on either side of the elegant building - they are fabulous - but there's much more to the museum than these big birds.

The oldest in Croatia, the museum houses a magnificent collection that is beautifully maintained and displayed. Whilst by far the greater part of the museum is devoted to a huge number of Roman artifacts - sculptures, glass, coins, bronzes, lamps, jewellery, military items, and more - there are some wonderful pieces from all eras of the ancient history of the region - prehistoric, Bronze Age, Graeco-Hellenic, etc as well as small collection of icons. The loggia around the gardens houses a marvellous lapidarium with some particularly beautiful carved sarcophagi, the pair to the sphinx by the catheral, more early Christian altars than I have ever seen gathered in one place before and an important grouping of items brought up from ancient shipwrecks.

Exhibits are well and clearly signed in Croatian and English.

Address: Zrinsko - Frankopanska 25 21000 Split
Directions: The museum closes for lunch. Phone or check at the tourist information office for opening hours as they are subject to change.
Phone: 021/ 318-721

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 6, 2006
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