Who was St. Domnius or St.Duje as people from Split usually say?
St. Domnius was a Catholic bishop from Salona (the ancient Roman city near Split) who was executed in the time of the Roman Emperor Diocletian and according to his laws. Today his relics are guarded in the Cathedral of St. Domnius in the center of Split.
The irony is that Emperor Diocletian founded Split and today St. Domnius is considered to be the saint patron of the city. Furthermore, Diocletian's mausoleum is now turned into St. Duje’s cathedral.
Diocletian's Palace in Split
About Diocletian and his palace, we have already written. If you are interested to learn more about it, please consider our blog: Following the steps of Emperor Diocletian meet today’s Split.
Diocletian’s Palace in the past
The festivity of St. Domnius
Traditionally there is the holy procession through the city when the bishop and other priests pass through the center of Split with the holy relics of Saint Patron. The procession ends at Riva, the Split Promenade where an Eucharistic celebration is held. In the past, the mass was held in front of the Cathedral, but there were too many people who wanted to attend and thus it was repositioned to Riva.
The Cathedral of St. Domnius by Matthias Hill from https://commons.wikimedia.org/
Riva Promenade in Split during the festivity
On Riva, there is also a fair where you can see and buy traditional souvenirs, wooden tableware, and also children's toys like wooden butterflies, which usually work till you get home, but dare not to buy them to your children when they see them. :-)
In the afternoon there is the traditional bingo called Tombola. It is held on Riva, the promenade and everybody is welcome to participate. Finally, in the evening there is usually a concert on the Riva which ends with the fireworks.
Split Riva Promenade
This year’s full program can be seen on theSplit tourist board’s official site.
Events in Split in Sudamja time
Some of the interesting events this year are:
- the Flower festival in the cellars of the Diocletian’s Palace (open from 3.5.)
- International Rowing Regatta: Oxford Cambridge – Split (it usually takes place the last weekend before the day of St. Domnius)
- on the 7th of May at lunchtime come to the Fishmarket where Food and Drink Feast takes place. The Association of Chefs from Mediterranean and European Regions organizes free culinary experience for everyone.
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2020 Sudamja blog update
This is how it was last year and many years before. This year (2020) due to Coronavirus everything is different. Most of the events are online or on TV.
The Cathedral of St. Domnius in 2020
These are the highlights of the festivity:
- The Holy Mass is broadcasted on TV,
- in the afternoon and till the evening we will experience a live concert all over the town as the stage will move from one part of the city to the other.
- And the highlight of the day is the concert of the famous Split musician Petar Graso at the empty Peristil square in the Diocletian's Palace. You will be able to see it on our National TV HRT2 at 18.20h.
As you can see, things are different this year but our spirits are not low. The virus numbers are dropping in Croatia in general and life is slowly returning to Split.
Life slowly returning to Split after the Coronavirus
For this reason, we have selected several villas in Split with privacy for all our guests who will plan to visit Croatia in 2020. Check the video from our Youtube channel:
These villas are safe as they are isolated or fenced and they include privacy. You can book them with great discounts and pay later (valid for most of them). Furthermore, we can arrange food delivery for you so there is no need for any physical contact while grocery shopping. Finally, all our villas introduced additional disinfection measures. Book one of them and travel safely!