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Now the second-biggest city in Croatia, Split started as a Greek city in what was then Illyrium. After Roman emperor Diocletian retired, he chose it as the site of his retirement palace. Not a bad gig, emperor. Assuming you end up able to retire, and as far as I know Diocletian was the only one who did. Definitely a better end than most.
Just after the turn of the 18th century, however, another church was built here: the present Peterskirche. It was begun in 1701 and consecrated in 1733. It was the first domed structure in Vienna, and its towers are said to have been inspired by the tents of the Turks during the siege just a few years earlier.
We didn’t mean to visit Santa Maria, or Our Lady in Trastevere, when we did; we were just looking for good food in the Trastevere (“across the Tiber”) neighborhood. Eventually we would have found our way to it, but hungry as we were when we walked by, I simply couldn’t help myself. I had to go in.