Jewish Heritage of Split

The intricate tiers of Jewish history in Split


Explore Split with an added perspective of the intriguingly rich Jewish heritage that lies concealed within the palace walls of the city center. In the narrow alleys, amongst layers of history, discover one of Europe's oldest synagogues and hear the stories of Jewish people and their culture which played an important role in the society of a city founded on Roman ruins - once pagan and then largely Christian. Learn about the ancient background of this fascinating city, as well as the influence its Jewish citizens had on its development.

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Duration:   half day

Difficulty:   easy

Location:   Split

Available all year round

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Historic center of Split
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Private Jewish tour of Split
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Private Jewish tour of Split
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Private Jewish tour of Split
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Private Jewish tour of Split
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Jewish cemetery of Split
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Jewish cemetery of Split

Tour description


 

Jews have been part of Split culture since the early Roman period and the tiny synagogue created in the 16th century is one of the oldest in Europe. Although the current congregation numbers only one hundred or so, the place of Jews in the history of the city is profound: Jews like David Rodriga and Vid Morpurgo played important roles in culture and society.

Your private tour will begin with a stroll through the 1,700-year-old Diocletian Palace to find the little-known Jewish aspects hidden in the architecture and ruins. Enter the ghetto via the Jewish Passage to find the synagogue where you will meet the members of the small congregation. You will be introduced to a fascinating history of Split's Jewish community, their role in the cultural and economic growth of Split but also the sad fate of many who perished in WW2. During the walk you will also explore other aspects of Split's history which played a relevant role in the daily life of the town's Jewish community with highlighting the journey of famous landmarks from past to present.

No visit to Split is complete without time spent on the grand palm-lined seaside promenade, Riva - the social hub of the city where everyone goes to see and be seen! Enjoy the great parade of life, soaking up the ambiance of contemporary and dynamic Split while reflecting on its fascinating past.

  • This tour is fully private and on request only.
  • Tour includes collection from your hotel, villa or private accommodation by our local guide and professional English speaking chauffeur in a comfortable luxury sedan car or passenger van, entrance tickets and a visit to the synagogue. 
  • Bring your camera, comfortable shoes, hat and sunscreen in the summer months.
  • Please advise if you have any mobility issues so the tour can be adjusted accordingly.
  • OPTIONAL: A more extensive tour can also include a scenic walk through the neighborhood of Varoš, up the steep stairs to Marjan park to visit the small Jewish cemetery. Our guests have an exclusive access to view the collection of tombstones, some of Split's most celebrated Jews with rare double-carved "illuminated" Hebrew letters.

Morpurgo Bookstore

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The oldest bookstore in Split, and the oldest one in Europe to reside in the same location from opening to the last day, Knjižara Morpurgo was founded in 1860 by Vid Morpurgo, one of the most prominent members of the Jewish community in Split. Born in 1838 to a well-established family, Vid never married but instead focused all his energies on upgrading and educating the surrounding community and environment. Ultimately becoming a publisher, reporter, bookstore owner, pioneer industrialist, banker, and culture promoter, Vid Morpurgo left behind a legacy of achievements after passing in 1911, including, among others, the first published guidebook to Split.

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AIRPORT NEARBY

Split

HARBOR NEARBY

Split

WEATHER

60°F  /  15°C

LOCAL TIME

5:36 PM

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Jewish Heritage of Split

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The intricate tiers of Jewish history in Split

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