If I remember correctly, some genious decided that the road should pass over it, and it should be "saved" under it. My grandparents happen to be from Solin, we used to have a land there which we couldn't build on because of "archeological preservation", but road was something completely different ???. If I'm not mistaken, Solin still uses the Roman Aquaduct (it is fully functionable), which is a remarquable information (let me just check on this one, although I'm quite sure)
the ruins in Solin are spectacular! Diocletian had baths there and his own little coloseum.
I was lucky enough to get into the Crypt in Diocletians palace because we were there with some locals. That was really cool too! I don't think they are letting tourists in there yet. Maybe by now. We also climbed into the tower in Diocletian's Palace. The view of Split is amazing. Great view of the Kineski Zid as well from up there(the great wall of china).
I believe both sites are UNESCO heritage sites, just like Dubrovnik. Its too bad my family and friends were the only visitors last May. I think it is obvious to anyone who knows that the Croatian Tourist Bureau is doing an awful job of promoting Croatia. Its too bad. Who loses once again? Thats right, the citizens of Croatia. Seems to be a repeating theme....
Down in "my" area around the Neretva Delta there are so many archaeological sites with great tourist potential. Narona (Vid), Gabela and smaller remains of Roman, Ottoman and Italian fortifications and several sites with cathedrals from the 400s to 600s. And nobody seems to know about them! No road signs and no information from tourist authorities. Last summer I accidentally stumbled on an Illyrian burial place in the mountains behind my place. When asking about it, the comment I got from my local friend was: "Oh yes, they are everywhere". Well - anyway - it is nice to know there is a potential for development.
There is museum beeing bulid in Vid (Narona), and i went to see Roman remains near Gabela called Montgorjelo. You can find leaflets in any hotel or turist agency/organisation in the area. I went to see: www.ashmol.ox.ac.uk/ash/exhibitions/exh067.html When i was there i was plesantly suprised to find lots of free documentation on this particular Roman remains and many other ones on the Croatian grounds(printed in croatia). I am not saying that Croatia is not doing enough to promote its self just speaking from what i know.
sorry..but what retards that they don't keep those up and turn them into museums/tourist destination. The wars been over how long? Why aren't they UNESCO sites? Jeesh. Cities built upon cities. We're all living on mass graves nowadays. Isn't it awesome!!? ;D
Guys, archaeology in Croatia is more divided than the country itself. Youv'e two big departments, Zadar and Zagreb, and neither the twain shall meet. Students from Zagreb, but from say Dalmatia or even Zadar, cannot work on digs funded by Zadar. When it comes to planning it's all very straightforward, a surveyor is usually appointed from Zagreb, and a certain lady who just so happens to be married to a Mr. Sanader lectures there and pushes the agenda. So what's good for big business is carried forward at the sake of the country's heritage!
The protection and display of sites in Croatia is truly below 3rd World standards, and those who are put in charge of sites are handpicked for their loyalty to the party, or that they are priests or ex-priests, which is no problem if they know what they're at, but any of those I have met are clueless.
As far as the government is concerned all that matters is that the world believes Dubrovnik is worth all the hype, and if they don't like it there then they should go sit on a beach and contemplate their silliness. As a destination the country is having less and less to offer thanks to corruption of authority and thought.
And Solin is a cracker, but what's even better is Burnum, setting for Konjanik, but year by year happy tourists make off with more and more pieces of Roman stonework.
yeah. i havent been to burnum yet. i plan to go when i save up some money and see the amfitheatre . yeah . i konw that sanaders wife has been responsible for some digs. particularly gardun in trilj. ive been to almost all the well know archaeological sites and others that only locals know about . i think that tourists would love to visit these places but im sure that most of them dont even know where they are. tourisits come here ..eat and drink and sit at cafes like the locals and slowly the boredom creeps in and they begin to wonder what else there is to do and see.croatia is full of archaeological sites!!! its ashame that slovenians headed by and english archeologist from birmingham are researching the cetina river and valley as its "the most important archaeological discovery in the last 50 years" why arent croats taking the initiative? and then they wonder why ammature archaeologists or "robbers" as they call them , are diging up these sites.
Valiant, you're speaking the truest words. It's a disgrace, there is so much more Croatia can do, and it needs ot do it before people see through the joke and realise they should have stayed in Spain or France. My God, I mean, Egypt is as corrupt as Croatia, but their people would rob the eye of you, yet they have begun moving away from just the archaeology and are a genuine holiday place (beaches watersports etc), Croatia has to start treasuring it's treasures a lot quicker or else it's going to fall out of the tourist train, and then what will it have.........
im thinking of renting out metal detectors. so that tourists can have "hands on " experience with the sites that croatia doesnt care for.its not until someone with a metal detector rocks up and its starts beeping that anybody notices anything. . haha. as if croat archaeoilogists hande their artifacts over to the museums. they should raid the homes of archaeologists. i reckon they could open a couple of hundred museums with the stuff they have in their homes. and sold overseas.