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I already wrote about cathedral of Saint Domnius here. The cathedral is one of must see places in Split city. The Romanesque bell tower is obviously not as old as the cathedral, for the cathedral is truly ancient (the oldest christian cathedral to fully preserve its original form in the world). However, the bell tower of saint Domnius is a historical sight on its own. The bell tower is in many ways, a masterpiece of medieval architecture. Build in 1100 AD in Romanesque style, the cathedral saw some changes over the years but it has retained its beauty. Today this bell tower is one of Split city's most iconic symbols. 

The bell tower of saint Domnius is definitely a great sight to visit. Moreover, the view from the top is nothing short of breath-taking. The stone design of the bell tower is not only beautiful  and historic but also very open. From every point of the climb, you'll be able to enjoy a spectacular view. Today I'll try to answer the question whether the cathedral's tower climb is worth the climb. Besides my writing, to answer this question I will rely on a modern means of communication aka - photographs. So, scroll down to see more and  to let me know what do you think. Is  the view worth the climb?


How to get in:
The entrance to the cathedral's tower is located right next to the entrance to the cathedral. You can't miss it.

Time & Difficulty/ My estimation of the climb:
The climb is definitely not that difficult as such, but the old and narrow metal staircase might be off putting to some. The stairway could definitely be more modern. There are about seven flights of stairs to ascend. The time needed to climb up will depend on the individual, but if you really want to take all the views and take some Insta worthy photos, I suggest that you set aside an hour minimum.

The price:
When I was there last the price was very affordable, something like ten kunas but I double checked and saw that the price has gone up a bit (20 kunas). If you plan to see other sights in vicinity, it is better to buy a ticked that will allow you to see another 5 sights including the bell tower and the cathedral for 45 kunas.

 Possible Downsides And How To Avoid Them:
It can get crowded.  When we went for a climb, there were many tourists. However, you can avoid that by climbing early in the morning. You will probably feel more at peace if you have the stairs all to yourself.

What to wear: 
Comfortable shoes and non restricting clothes. The climb is not terribly difficult, but it is still better to dress comfortable.

If you are afraid of the heights you can always start slow. You don't have to make it all the way to the top if it gets overwhelming. Bring someone to keep you company if that makes your feel less afraid. Personally, I have no fear of heights. Quite on the contrary, I seem to enjoy them. However, I regret not climbing the tower early in the morning. I think I would have had felt more comfortable we climbed it when the stairway was less crowded. As I already mentioned, the best time to climb it is early in the morning.


You don't have to be extremely fit to make it to the top, you can stop to rest as often as you like. You can also rest a bit even if you're not tired. In fact, taking the time to rest and enjoy  the view  on the way is a great idea. It will allow you to see more and get most out of the beautiful Split panorama.

Good thing about climbing the Split's cathedral tower is that there are no dark places, meaning you get to see the views as you go up. The higher you go, the better the view. However, even if you for whatever reason can't make it to the top, you'll be rewarded with a lovely view.

 I bet you're thinking: " That Roman Emperor sure knew how to pick a place to retire!" He sure did. Aren't these views amazing. Just seeing these photographs makes me want to climb this bell tower again. These photographs are actually a few years old. It's been a while since I climbed this  tower. This summer I wasn't able to get around as much as I had hoped to, because of health problems,  but at least I managed to prepare and publish some travel posts. My health being what it is right now, I doubt I will be able to do any travelling, so it's always nice to remind myself of some lovely moments. Speaking of lovely moments, I also decided to edit some of my drawings and paintings to the photographs I'm sharing with you. I'm taking my art for a walk one could say!

Here, for example, I added a little fashion illustration of mine. I always feel like warning this purple hair girl not to get so close to the edge, but then I remind myself it's just an illustration! I did see some influencers taking photographs dangerously near the edge, I don't remember their names but they're some famous couple or something. Don't do that. Enjoy the view from a safe distance. I do love these photographs of Split city. It is such a serene view from top. You can even see the Croatian islands in the distance.


View from the top looks something like this. Scroll down to see more. Wherever you turn your eyes, you'll be met with beauty. Here on the top, you can really enjoy amazing views on sides. The sea, the islands, the Marjan hill, the mountains, the old city centre. It is all there before your eyes. It really is a fantastic panorama. I have a feeling I could spend a whole day there, just looking and never get bored for a second. Maybe next time I will carry my lunch with me?

As always, thank you for reading!



  1. That is a lot of stairs, but it also looks like such a beautiful view! :) I definitely think it's worth the climb, it looks lovely!

    Hope that you have been having a great weekend :)

    Away From The Blue Blog

  2. what a wonderful view! it's definitely worth climbing! I mean, it looks so amazing! thank you for the review x
    have a wonderful day, dear Ivana!

  3. I love such adventures. I would definitely go. Looks like some form of exercise going up and down those stairs. Kisses!

  4. Que lugar tan maravilloso,unas fotos preciosas!!

  5. I love the scenery in your post, looks so fun!

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  6. Lovely city, Ivana! You look amazingly young in those braids....... xoxo

  7. Spectacular harbour views! This is an interesting building, I would like to climb there too. I am scared of heights when it comes to driving up a mountain but climbing is different where I can control myself from falling by holding on to the structure next to me :)

  8. Thanks a lot :D

    super interesting post my dear :)

    InstagramFacebook Official PageMiguel Gouveia / Blog Pieces Of Me :D

  9. Oh it is definitely worth climbing
    especially after you'll get that amazing views.
    Love your pics.


  10. Arte cultura ed immense bellezze..... complimenti per ogni singolo scatto!

  11. I have never been in Split so thank you for all advice and information- so so lovely pictures dear xx

  12. Hi Ivana
    OMG you're like me, I can not travel either because of my health problems. I have also done many trips in the past and the other day I have been to review the photos.
    I loved your tower climb and all your tips are important, comfortable clothes and shoes as well. Avoid the crowd by going early in the morning. The Roman emperors knew where the most beautiful places were. I wish you all the best. And may these health problems be just a little stone in your way.


  13. Great photos and amazing place! xx

  14. For sure it's worth it Ivana ;) I like to climb towers as it's always a great spot for gorgeous panoramic pictures! Happy Monday xx

  15. Wow, thank you for the wonderful pictures, dear!!

  16. I would love to visit one day. The veiws are so beautiful, and I liked how you added your fashion illustrations to some of these pictures . Happy Monday dear. xx

    Nina's Style Blog

  17. The history and the view definitely make the climb up the cathedral worth it. This is something I would love to do if I do ever find myself in Split. In the meantime I'm very happy to get to experience it through your eyes and words.

  18. The history and the view definitely make the climb up the cathedral worth it.
    I would love to visit one day. The veiws are so beautiful. Thank you for the wonderful pictures!

  19. The bell tower looks beautiful and majestic. Great tips for dealing with the climb up.

  20. Wow it's such a lovely view - couldn't agree more - comfy clothes and shoes are ALWAYS better than dressing up too fancy.

  21. Wow this looks amazing!!

  22. Beautiful photos in a beautiful place!

  23. Thanks a lot :D

    fabulous post my friend :)

    InstagramFacebook Official PageMiguel Gouveia / Blog Pieces Of Me :D

  24. Interesting and great trip
    Maggie Dallospedale

  25. Gotta love travelling but such a bummer of health issues stand in the way. This looks like a great experience Ivana. Great shots here and I like how comfortable you are. Beauty! :-)

  26. Love this pics , super interesting post :D
    Kiss, kiss *

  27. Beautiful photos. I love historical places.

  28. Świetny post <3 bardzo mi się podoba :* oraz super blog :) zostaję tu na dłużej :D zapraszam

  29. This place is so cute dear! xx

    La ilusión de Nina -

  30. Bellissima, da vedere anche Split... l'estate prossima ci torno!
    Kisses, Paola.


  31. The view from the climb looks amazing! Love how you incorporated the illustrations in the post!

  32. Such incredible architecture; the city view from above overlooking the many rooftops is breathtakingly beautiful, wow! You really suit your hair worn in braids either side of your head by the way, too cute!! x

  33. Thanks for sharing, this is something I'd like to experience.

    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

  34. The view really is incredible. Thanks for sharing your lovely photos and tips for the best experience.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

  35. You look so cute! I am definitely a fan of your illustrations making an appearance in your pictures!

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  36. Thanks a lot :D

    I really love your posts my friend!

    InstagramFacebook Official PageMiguel Gouveia / Blog Pieces Of Me :D

  37. What a fantastic View, amazing! You look beautiful, i love the Photos <3


  38. Beautiful pictures! I'm always afraid of crowded stairs though ahh xD

  39. Amazing :)
    Zapraszam na nowy post :)

  40. Ty for visit my blog as well dear xx Have a lovely day

  41. Unas fotos preciosas!! La catedral es hermosa :) Muackas!

  42. Wow, I love how helpful your posts are. Thank you!

  43. Wonderful shooting!
    Have a nice evening!
    Gil Zetbase

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  45. The tower is incredibly beautiful and I love your photos so much :)

  46. That tower is iconic! Such wonderful architecture and full of glorious history. Would love to visit the place and climb it too. The aerial view looks breathtaking. So happy for you dear! Such adventurous heart you have! <3

    love lots,

  47. Predivne fotografije! Bila sam u Splitu i posjetila katedralu, ali nisam znala da postoji mogućnost za penjanje na zvonik.Oduševljena sam pogledom i sljedeći put kada budem dolazila definitivno ne smijem propustiti popeti se na vrh jer pogled s vrha oduzima dah. Jako mi se sviđaju tvoje ilustracije i kako si ih stopila s fotografijama.

  48. Oooh definitely breathtaking Ivana! Everytime you share something from Split I want to book a flight and spend some days in this city, seems that there are many cultural activities there and hope I go sooner o later :)

    The cathedral reminded me of a place I visited in Lisbon last holidays (Convento do Carmo), besides the impressive architecture I really like how you can get the nicest view of the city from this place! Definetly photo whorty Ivana!


  49. Such an amazing post. I read about the tower and got some nice things about it. It's so nice to know that we can get the nicest view of the city from this tower. I would love to visit this place one day. Missed some posts due to my bad health. I hope you are doing well.
    Have a nice day!
    Kisses <3

  50. Wow, the price even with the 5 sights is a steal! Gorgeous architecture indeed. I love the images that you have presented to us very much. Take care, dear.

  51. Love this post! Great tips and love your photos, thanks for sharing this!

  52. always smart to get to places early to beat the crowds!

  53. thanks for your tips and your pics!!

    cool post!!

  54. "Is the view worth the climb?" - gosh, definitely!!! i like ancinet places like that. but leave your heels at home and wearing flats...;-)


  55. Dear Ivana,
    Now I have one more reason to come back to Split! Thanks for sharing this amazing tip and I love the idea that you added some of your illustrations to the pictures and for sure your braids including the shirt and your necklace, too!
    Amazing fews, I nearly can smell Split now :)
    Hopefully you are fine and everything is okay.
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  56. So pretty! Love the pics!

  57. You are so adorable! I'd take my lunch, tea and dinner to hang out there myself as the views are simply serene. I can so relate but unfortunately, I have a fear of heights so I have to stop somewhere before the top. Hahaha. I know some people can really push it when it comes to posing at the highest points they can find and looking at photos of them perched at the edge makes me sweat and about to fall out from wherever I am seated. So there's that. I love seeing the photos of you and your art that went to pose by the edge. Please take care of yourself, worry not about the travels..and I send you a lot of love and strength <3 :)

  58. Amazing pictures! It´s been many years since I was on the bells tower of the Domnius Cathedal. The view is maginficent! All the best for your health.
    Love, Nadine


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