Split in History: Thames Television Discovers Split in 1975

Daniela Rogulj

Have you ever wondered what Split looked like in the 70s?

You should all be familiar by now with how much we enjoy picking apart Split’s past. For a city that has transformed so rapidly over the last few years, it’s quite hard to imagine what the Dalmatian capital was like so many years ago.

While we know that Split’s famous attractions including Diocletian’s Palace and Peristyle have remained substantially intact, how did the people of Split interact in the city once upon a time? What has changed?

Today we go back in time with the help of Thames Television, a British television network that served London and the surrounding area from 1968-1992.

In their “Wish you were here” series, the television network discovers Split, then part of the former Yugoslavia, in 1975.

The video explores every corner of Split from its remarkable coastline to the Peristyle and the Gregory of Nin Statue. The film catches the everyday activities in Split from clothes hanging between the palace alleyways to older women people-watching from their windows. You can see pastel umbrellas lined up to Peristyle, boutiques, a busy Green Market, the view from the cathedral’s bell tower onto Hotel Marjan, and even a quick glimpse of Trogir.

Now you’ll never wonder what Split looked like in 1975 again!




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