Marjan (pronounced MARyan) is an exquisite hill on the Split peninsula. Covered in a lush Mediterranean pine forest it overlooks the city of Split and the Adriatic sea.
The area is a beloved park enjoyed by the citizens of Split for picnics, weekend excursions, and recreation. Marjan has beaches, jogging paths, hiking trails, tennis courts, a zoo, and the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries. Sweeping views from Marjan include the entire city of Split, surrounding islands, and the mountains of Mosor and Kozjak part of the Dinaric Alps. I’ve visited Marjan several times and plan to go back again. The entrance is about a 25 minute climb from the Split’s riva (boardwalk).
“In ancient times Emperor Diocletian built his palace near Marjan and organized areas close by as parks. There is a rustic 13th century AD church on Marjan dedicated to St. Nicholas, a favorite saint of fishermen of which there are many in Split.”
The 15th century church of St. Jerome lies along Marjan’s south rim. Directly above and behind St. Jerome are a group of Renaissance hermitage caves built into the cliffs. Split’s old Jewish cemetery is on the eastern slopes of Marjan just above the city.
The Meštrović Gallery is on the south side of Marjan. It’s the former villa of Ivan Meštrović, considered “one of the greatest sculptors of religious subjects since the Renaissance”. I will visit the famous gallery later today.
On Friday evening I leave Split and head north to Zagreb via train. The glorious weather and time spent here in Split has been a highlight of this trip!