One of Great Britainís greatest architects in the 18th century was Robert Adam. At a time when Split was under the rule of the Venetian Republic, Adam traveled across Dalmatia, and came to Split in 1757. He was thrilled with Diocletianís palace, and began studying it, so it was upon his return to London that he published the book titled ĎRuins of the palace of Emperor Diocletian, in Split, Dalmatiaí. It was a scientific paper in which Adam reconstructed and painted a rich picture of everything he had encountered. Alongside the wealth of information and sketches, the book is of immeasurable value for historians and art history studies.

It is interesting to note that the book, with its limited print run, list subscribers from England and abroad, and that Adam addresses King George III in his foreword.[1]



Adam 1

Adam 2                    Adam 3

From Robert Adamís book from 1764 (authorís family collection)


Robert Adam had an estate inspired by Diocletianís palace built in London, however, it was later demolished. As a result of the great city of London have a structure copied from Split built in it, the following phrase came about: Ča je pusta Londra, kontra Splitu gradu (What good is all of London, compared to Split).

News of Adamís building at Adelphi Terrace being demolished was published in Splitís Novo doba (New age) in 1936. They quoted the London Times and said Ďnot only is a building being demolished, but so is the beautiful artistic bond between Split and London, which will be very difficult to replace. Those that seek to do so have taken a heavy responsibility upon their shouldersí.


Palača London

London, Adelphi Terrace, Robert Adamís building inspired by Diocletianís Palace[2]


[1] Adam, Robert. 1764. Ruins of the Palace of the Emperor Diocletian at Spalatro in Dalmatia. London. (in the ownership of the authorís family, Bezić-Roje, Split)



[2] Novo doba - New Age, Feb 1st, 1936; no. 26, pg. 9.