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From an Idea to the Realization: How Did the Story of Diocletians Dream Begin?

Diocletians Dream is Croatia’s first virtual reality experience, and it is one of the biggest attractions in Split. This is an attraction that combines modern technology and ancient heritage in a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it shows Diocletian Palace in the light and splendor of the former self.

Virtual reality is the language of the new generation and of those who are open to new, interesting, and educational experiences. Thanks to VR technology, traveling back in time has never been easier. Diocletians Dream allows you to step back in time to 305 AD and experience Diocletian’s Palace, a retirement home of the Roman Emperor, in a completely new way.

This VR specialty museum aims to tell part of the Diocletian story in a new and original way that opens a completely new perspective on the approach and presentation of cultural and historical heritage. Through a 15-minute animated film with a script, Severin (Diocletian’s slave) takes you on a tour of the royal chambers and presents you with many fascinating facts about Diocletian’s life and reign as one of the Roman Empire’s most powerful emperors.

Time and various historical influences have taken their toll and, naturally, the palace is not in its original condition today. Sometimes, it is difficult to imagine what Diocletian’s Palace was like when it was first built, let alone to visualize what it was built for – the retirement home of Emperor Diocletian. That is why Diocletians Dream is a great addition to the walking tours of Split and the palace as it brings the history of the palace to life and helps you to visualize the life of Diocletian.

This whole idea of a VR specialty museum came to life after Declan O’Rourke, one of the two owners of the Diocletians Dream, took a walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. A walking tour of the palace is one of the most popular things to do in Split, however, when doing the tour with a bigger group of people, through crowded streets, and on a typical hot summer day in Split, you do not always get the most of it. In addition, observing the ruins of the palace and its walls requires a lot of imagination if you want to put the whole picture of the palace from 305 AD together.

Using modern technology to bring the palace to life seemed to be a fantastic opportunity to help people overcome the difficulty of visualization of the palace and to give them a place to escape the summer heat and crowded streets. The way the story is told, using audio and visual tools, is specifically designed to make people remember it even after they leave the museum.

Tomo Taraš, Declan’s long-term friend and a business partner, was interested in the idea of bringing something so innovative, educational, and exciting to his hometown from the start. And just like that, the realization process started and lasted for 18 months. Finally, in May 2020, Diocletians Dream opened its door to the public. Today, they count more than 15 000 happy and satisfied visitors who are, judging by their impressions and reviews, very thrilled by the experience.

The only thing that is left to say is that this is an experience you should not miss when visiting Split! Book your visit now and enjoy the VR tour of the Diocletian Palace.

Diocletian’s Dream is Croatia’s first virtual reality experience, and it is one of the biggest attractions in Split. This is an attraction that combines modern technology and ancient heritage in a UNESCO World Heritage Site; it shows Diocletian Palace in the light and splendor of the former self.

Virtual reality is the language of the new generation and of those who are open to new, interesting, and educational experiences. Thanks to VR technology, traveling back in time has never been easier. Diocletians Dream allows you to step back in time to 305 AD and experience Diocletian’s Palace, a retirement home of the Roman Emperor, in a completely new way.

This VR specialty museum aims to tell part of the Diocletian story in a new and original way that opens a completely new perspective on the approach and presentation of cultural and historical heritage. Through a 15-minute animated film with a script, Severin (Diocletian’s slave) takes you on a tour of the royal chambers and presents you with many fascinating facts about Diocletian’s life and reign as one of the Roman Empire’s most powerful emperors.

Time and various historical influences have taken their toll and, naturally, the palace is not in its original condition today. Sometimes, it is difficult to imagine what Diocletian’s Palace was like when it was first built, let alone to visualize what it was built for – the retirement home of Emperor Diocletian. That is why Diocletians Dream is a great addition to the walking tours of Split and the palace as it brings the history of the palace to life and helps you to visualize the life of Diocletian.

This whole idea of a VR specialty museum came to life after Declan O’Rourke, one of the two owners of the Diocletians Dream, took a walking tour of Diocletian’s Palace. A walking tour of the palace is one of the most popular things to do in Split, however, when doing the tour with a bigger group of people, through crowded streets, and on a typical hot summer day in Split, you do not always get the most of it. In addition, observing the ruins of the palace and its walls requires a lot of imagination if you want to put the whole picture of the palace from 305 AD together.

Using modern technology to bring the palace to life seemed to be a fantastic opportunity to help people overcome the difficulty of visualization of the palace and to give them a place to escape the summer heat and crowded streets. The way the story is told, using audio and visual tools, is specifically designed to make people remember it even after they leave the museum.

Tomo Taraš, Declan’s long-term friend and a business partner, was interested in the idea of bringing something so innovative, educational, and exciting to his hometown from the start. And just like that, the realization process started and lasted for 18 months. Finally, in May 2020, Diocletians Dream opened its door to the public. Today, they count more than 15 000 happy and satisfied visitors who are, judging by their impressions and reviews, very thrilled by the experience.

The only thing that is left to say is that this is an experience you should not miss when visiting Split! Book your visit now and enjoy the VR tour of the Diocletian Palace.