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Jewish Heritage of Split

With Lea Altarac

Jews have been part of Split since the early Roman times. The synagogue here, created in the 16th century, is one of the oldest in Europe and has been in continuous use for more than 500 years. The Jewish Cemetery overlooking the city on Marjan hill dates back to 1573. Although the current congregation numbers only 100 or so, the place of Jews in the history of Split is profound: Jews like David Rodriga and Vid Morpurgo played important roles in the history of Split and the region in general.

Our private tour will begin with a walk through the 1700 year-old Diocletian Palace that will reveal the little-known Jewish aspects of what was first a pagan and then a Christian compound. Then we will enter the ghetto, via the Jewish Passage, to visit the Synagogue, where we will meet the leaders 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.
While wandering around, you will learn about other aspects of Split's history which played a relevant role in the daily life of the town's Jewish community and will reflect on numerous other cultural and historic attractions which greatly shape its present. The final stroll down the Split Riva is just such a highlight, something that locals do daily, as Riva is the center of social interactions and everyday living in contemporary Split.

Optionally, if you are willing to do a great number of steps, we will all walk to the Jewish Cemetery on Marjan hill where we will see fascinating tombstones, some with rare double carved "illuminated" Hebrew letters, of Split's most celebrated Jews




Collection from your hotel in Split by our English speaking professional guide

Quick facts

Available year round
9:30 AM departure from your hotel or other meeting place. Afternoon departures available


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