|Amelie's Thankful Cornucopia.|
There was a time in life that I felt stuck in a rut and battled being depressed. A close friend encouraged me to write a thankfulness journal in which I wrote down everything for which I was thankful at the close of each day. I have not kept up with it consistently, but it was so powerful in shaping my perspective. I am hoping that our bedtime routine will translate into a life of thankfulness.
|Liam showing off his turkey hand.|
On Thanksgiving day, we climbed to the top of the Cathedral of St. Duje (Katedrala Svetog Duje). The Cathedral of St. Duje is composed of three different sections of different ages. The main part is Emperor Diocletian's mausoleum, which dates from the end of the 3rd century. The mausoleum was built like the rest of the palace with white local limestone and marble of high quality, most of which was from marble quarries on the island of Brač. The Bell Tower was constructed in the year 1100 AD. Later, in the 17th century a chorus was added to the eastern side of the mausoleum. The Cathedral of Saint Duje is the oldest cathedral in the world. Also, the bell tower is the icon of the city.
|The stone guards at the entrance of the cathedral.|
|Climbing the very many steps to the top. The wide open windows at each level along with not having very many bars on the rails was extremely unnerving to be done with small children.|
|The view of the city and Marjan Hill from the top.|
|I held Liam the entire time at the top and then back down the stairs again...good workout! ;)|
After climbing to the top of the tower, we went into the mausoleum and choir stalls. It was difficult taking pictures while making sure Liam did not damage anything. After doing a little research, I am amazed that these artifacts were not under more security. I have learned that one of the unique aspects about Split is that this is a living archeological ruins area. Meaning, the ruins have been lived in since way back when and continue to be lived in and used to this day. We were also distracted as we met some tourist from the Atlanta area and chatted with them while we looked around. So, instead of my boring pictures you can see the interior of the mausoleum by watching this video I found while doing research on the place:
|Liam dancing under the hexagonal stone pulpit built in 1257! |
I would not have let him near had I known it's age!
|Amelie is standing next to ancient tile floor remains. Being able to still see the patterns is so cool!|
|Next to the peristyle is a room of the residential area of Diocletian. |
Amelie and Bobby are posing as statues in the niches.
|The ancient peristyle. It was built recessed so that Diocletian would appear taller.|
|There are feral cats everywhere....and they travel in packs...|
Here Liam is taunting one and getting a kick out of it.
|Amelie and Liam enjoyed hot chocolate while Bobby and I enjoyed warm Bubble Tea (yes it's a thing...from Taiwan).|
|Our Thanksgiving Feast (well food, not really a feast) of fried chicken sandwiches and french fries followed by gelato.|