The Cathedral of St Dominus and it’s 300 foot bell tower provided a stunning view from our window in Hotel Peristil. Certainly the bells going off at 6:00am each morning left us stunned. Again at 7:00am and in case you happen to be a really heavy sleeper at 7:15am for good measure. Thank goodness for strong European coffee.
The bell tower’s interesting decor, ringed with sarcophagus tombs from the Middle Ages, affords an eerie early morning sight for hotel guests. At the left of the photo above you can see the hotel window.
In the day, the belief held that chances of getting to heaven improved if you were laid to rest close to a cathedral. As in the world of real estate, location is everything.
Roman Emperor Diocletian (245-311) felt strongly he should have a spot close to the sulfur springs for his good health. The springs may be good for the health but the aromatherapy of rotten eggs leaves a bit to be desired.
In 11 years Diocletian had a monstrous palace erected and an entire Roman town whipped up; sadly at the expense of the lives of 2000 slaves.
Diocletian got what he wanted and imported, some might say stole, some then 1500 year old Egyptian sphinxes and columns for added touches to his pad.
Walking on the stairs of the the bell tower one can only imagine the frantic construction scene almost two millennia ago.
Would you like to visit Croatia? How would you feel about tombs outside your window?