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article imageA glimpse into the history of Dalmatia in Split, Croatia Special

By Paul Bradbury     Jun 9, 2013 in Travel
Split - With the Dalmatian coast welcoming tourists for the traditional beach and sun holidays, an impressive look into the region's rich historical past.
Visitors to the city of Split were treated to a spectacular flashback to the rich heritage of Dalmatian on June 7, 2013, as A Glimpse into the History of Dalmatia took place on the majestic Prokurative, an event witnessed by Digital Journal.
The event, organised by Dalmatian Hotspots magazine and Dalmatia Event Association was the latest initiative to promote the region's cultural heritage and traditions in an area best known for its beach, sunshine and island-hopping tourism.
Dalmatia's rich history and heritage was very much on display, as associations from various islands and inland towns sent representatives to the Dalmatian capital for a memorable evening for visiting tourists.
The impressive Moreska sword dancers from Korcula led the opening parade and performed a spectacular...
The impressive Moreska sword dancers from Korcula led the opening parade and performed a spectacular dance routine.
The evening got underway with a procession of the main protagonists from Prokurative through the old town and into the basement of Diocletian's Palace, Split's top tourist attraction and very much alive today after its construction 1700 years ago as a home for a retiring Roman Emperor.
Caffe Bajamonti at the top of Prokurative - a fitting square for such a majestic event.
Caffe Bajamonti at the top of Prokurative - a fitting square for such a majestic event.
After returning to Prokurative along the Split waterfront, a series of period performances began. After some introductory speeches of welcome, it was time for a journey back in time.
Emperor Diocletian and his lady friend were among the entourage touring his 1700 year-old palace.
Emperor Diocletian and his lady friend were among the entourage touring his 1700 year-old palace.
The most impressive performance of the night were the famous Kumpanija sword dancers from the island of Vela Luka, whose routine to the beat of the drum reflected a dancing tradition dating back to the 1600s.
The infamous 1715 Siege of Sinj was one event which was acted out on stage.
The infamous 1715 Siege of Sinj was one event which was acted out on stage.
They were followed by Emperor Diocletian himself, complete with attractive love interest, and he addressed the crowd before staging a life and death fight between two gladiators. The Roman Emperor gave the infamous thumbs down at the end of the fight, meaning the losing gladiator lost his life and was carried off stage.
The lively group from Vrgorac provided plenty of enetertainment.
The lively group from Vrgorac provided plenty of enetertainment.
The infamous Siege of Sinj in 1715, a pivotal moment in the region's history when the invading Ottomans were repulsed, was reenacted, complete with impressive belly-dancer, and then it was the turn of a harmonious and very enthusiastic singing troupe from Vrgorac to take the stage.
The stage at Prokurative proved popular with the younger generation prior to the main event.
The stage at Prokurative proved popular with the younger generation prior to the main event.
The evening's live performances were completed by the story of the famous tug of war of an island, as the islands of Brac and Solta fought over the small island of Mrduja which lies between them.
Traditional products and handcrafts from all over Dalmatia were on display.
Traditional products and handcrafts from all over Dalmatia were on display.
A key element of the evening was the chance to promote the authentic products and handcrafts of the region, and there were various stalls on display.
The evening was enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, and was a reminder of the diverse nature of tourism in Dalmatia, a fact further enhanced by the excellent 3rd Cetina Adventure Race which took part in Sinj the following day.
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