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Believe it or not, you can see Egyptian sphinxes in Split. After military successes in Egypt, amazed by the Egyptian culture, Emperor Diocletian brought twelve sphinxes made of black granite to Split in 297 and 298. In ancient times they were the symbol of the divine reign of Emperor Diocletian. Today, only five are preserved. One of them is located at the entrance to the temple. The Sphinx in the Peristyle is the largest – when the emperor was alive, it was 1800 years old, and today it is estimated to be about 3500 years old.
Category: Other attractions, Old town,
Peristil Square (old town), Split 21000
43.508083, 016.440162 (43°30’29.1″N, 016°26’24.6″E)
GPS coordinates: 43.508083, 016.440162 (43°30’29.1″N, 016°26’24.6″E)
Address: Peristil Square (old town), Split 21000
The Sphinx is located in Diocletian’s Palace, the Peristil Square (next to the Cathedral of St. Duje).
If you are driving with a car, show this translation to the taxi driver:
Molim Vas da me odvezete do Dioklecijanove palače koja se nalazi u starom dijelu grada Splita. Hvala!
You must also show to the taxi driver that he must turn on the taximeter:
Molim Vas uključite taksimetar. Hvala!
Please can you tell me how to find this sight:
Molim Vas da me uputite prema Sfingi koja se nalazi u Dioklecijanovoj palači, na trgu Peristil (odmah pored katedrale sv. Duje). Hvala!
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