Galeria Valeria was the daughter of Roman Emperor Diocletian and wife of his co-emperor Galerius. The story of Galeria Valeria is a tragic and poignant one of an empress whose life and death were totally dictated by the politics of the period. Diocletian’s first confidant who was in charge of the shipyard and the naval fleet lived in this house. Emperor Diocletian gave her daughter imprisoned to this house because she helped the Christians.
Many years later, the house served a different purpose. Thanks to its authentic exterior and interior it was an inspiration to many musicians. Famous Croatian musician Jole recorded his music video in the front yard of this house; the same year, scenes for a famous Croatian soap opera Lara, were shot in this house. Some of our famous guests include royalty and many international celebrities such as the cast of Game of Thrones etc. Visit Split and discover its beauty and history.
Neighborhood and property
Galeria Valeria consisting 9 luxury rooms is located in the heart of Split,15 feet from the sea, in the City’s UNESCO protected area. Main attractions of Split are two minutes away – Split National Theatre, Marjan National park, Jadran beach, Pjaca (the main square where you can find many pubs and restaurants), museums (Nautical, Archaeological, Ethnographic, etc.), the Poljud football stadium as well as Diocletian's Palace – one of the main preserved Roman monuments in the world, and part of Unesco’s list of World Heritage. On the left side of the property there is the main and traditional promenade Riva, where you can enjoy the first morning coffee, and get a taste of local food in one of many fine restaurants. Riva is connected with another promenade called West Coast, a modern promenade that was designed as South Beach in Miami. Galeria Valeria is located in the part of the city called Matejuška. It is the traditional part of Split, as it was and still is a place where fishermen meet in the early morning before going fishing. There are many stories about Matejuška; it is the city’s hub during the summer, where both locals and tourists go for a first drink before heading to the beach clubs. Matejuška is where the new and the old worlds meet – there you will find old wooden fishing boats girded with nets, while just a short distance away you’ll see cruise ships and exclusive yachts. If you wake up early in the morning you might even see fishermen returning from their shifts to unload their catches.
Locals have a saying ‘Ćuti se povijest’, which means that you can almost feel, taste and smell the history of 1700 year old Split. Matejuška is even older than Split and its Dioclecian Palace. Matejuška has been an inspiration to many poets and songwriters. Even today, youth gather at Matejuška and sing local songs in this natural ambiance. Split and Matejuška will surely leave you speechless. You simply must come and see it for yourself! This unique building has a major role in the history of building city of Split.
Wedding in our accommodation
Give your guest lovely little wedding adventure and get married in unique place around Diocletian palace.