Morgan Lamon '24 stands in Diocletian's Palace, Rome, Italy

Travel has always meant more to me than just changing my surroundings; it’s a way to find inspiration and grow personally. I’ve always been fascinated by how architecture reflects different cultures, and during my time studying in Rome, a city filled with ancient architecture, I discovered how the Romans combined various influences into their designs. Diocletian’s Palace, located in Split, Croatia, became a living example of this blending, inviting me to step back in time and witness the evolution of architecture.

Diocletian’s Palace recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, showcases the complexity and brilliance of old-world engineering. Built-in the 4th century AD, it embodies the careful craftsmanship of that time. Using different marble drilling techniques, columns, and a variety of styles all add to palace’s detailed design.  

What made my visit truly special was the strong connection I felt to the past and to humanity as a whole. Exploring the palace’s maze-like streets, I couldn’t help but imagine the footsteps of people who walked there centuries before me. The realization that I, a modern traveler, was walking on the same cobblestones that others had walked on ages ago.

As I explored the palace’s rooms, courtyards, and underground areas, I could see many of the architectural ideas that were developed in this palace which have endured, influencing many structures across the ancient Mediterranean world.

My visit to Diocletian’s Palace was more than just a typical adventure; it was a journey through time that left a lasting impact. As I left the palace, carrying memories and reflections with me, I had a deeper appreciation for history, a new way of looking at the world, and a deeper appreciation for ancient architecture. I will forever be grateful to the Givens family as they allowed me to explore the different facets of ancient architecture through their generosity.