Once the most prosperous city in the mid Adriatic, Salona (Solin) is a now a target for history buffs. Over the years Salona has had many inhabitants starting with the Illyrians, followed by the Greeks and finally the Romans. It was under the Romans that Salona truly thrived.The good times did not last forever. The Salona was sacked by the Avars and Croats in 614. The once proud city, named for its proximity to the salt works, was stripped of its finery, its inhabitants driven out to nearby Split, and its intricate stone work dismantled and used for new buildings.Located only five 5km / 3mi from Split, Salona is easily accessible off the Motorway E65. Salona has numerous major attractions within its ancient city walls and there is much to entertain and engage the visitor. Salona's most notable attractions are the Salona Amphitheatre, the Salona Aqueduct, the Bishop's Complex, and the Forum.
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The Amphitheater at Salona
The Amphitheatre at Salona (Solin) is an impressive sight. The construction dates of the Amphitheatre at Salona were a source of much scholarly debate but it has been generally agreed that the Amphitheatre at Salona was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD.The Amphitheatre at Salona was designed to hold eighteen to twenty thousand people at any one time. One notable feature of the Amphitheatre, not found in other Roman amphitheatres, is the underground channels. Many theories have been put forward as to their usage but the most commonly accepted explanation for the underground channels was for the presentation of mock naval battles. The Amphitheatre at Salona islocated in the eastern area of the ancient city of Salona (Solin).
The Aqueduct of Salona
It is a testament to the genius of Roman civil engineering that the Aqueduct of Salona (Solin) is still in use today. Built in or around the 1st century AD the Aqueduct of Salona is an impressive sight, easily accessible to the intrepid visitor. The Aqueduct of Salona brings water from the river Jadro and continues onwards past Salona to Split, ending at the Palace of Diocletian.Restoration work was undertaken in the 19th century to repair and preserve the Aqueduct of Salona and of all the attractions in the ancient city, it is considered to be the best preserved.