Sustipan

 

Sustipan is a small peninsula that closes off the port of Split from the west, directly past the ACI Marina. This little green haven dotted with pine trees is nestled on a cliff facing directly to the edge of the Adriatic. It is a sanctuary for Split’s citizens to sit in the sun on a bench and look across to the Dalmatian islands before a walk in the park. Sustipan is a beautiful park, a genuine little green oasis in the immediate vicinity of Marjan and the city, from its reefs that meet the sea a breathtaking view spreads directly towards the deep sea and the islands in front of Split. Eastern part of Sustipan offers one of the most beautiful views of Split, over the ACI Marina at the foot of the hill, with the swimming pool of the swimming and water polo club Jadran on its western side. 

 

Sustipan peninsula is a gated area and it is open during daytime only. It is a popular place for locals and tourists alike, providing a quiet escape from the city. However, adventurers come to Sustipan to jump into the sea from high cliffs or for a little adventurous rock climbing.

 

In the early Middle Ages, there was the Benedictine monastery of St. Stephen, called 'Sub pinis' (under the pine trees), erected on this remarkable site, i. e. on the remains from the Roman and Early Christian times. The monastery was first mentioned as St. Stephen's monastery in a document dating from 1020. According to the oral tradition, established on historical documents, Croatian king Stephen lived in the monastery after he had been secluded there in the late 11th century.

 

The modest fragments of the following edifices from the more recent periods have been preserved, i. e. a small church from 1814, and a Neo-classic patio with a cupola ('gloriette' - designed by Vicko Andrić, a local architect), located in the middle of the ancient cemetery (in the early 19th century, there was the new cemetery built on the Sustipan peninsula), which is a park today.  After World War 2, the cemetery was resettled to the new location, to the east part of the city, called Lovrinac. 
 

Archeological excavations have discovered the Roman stone coffins - sarcophagi; the remains of the Early Christian three-naved basilica that was reconstructed in the early Middle Ages; and the traces of the above mentioned monastery on this site. 

 


To the west of Sustipan, if you go toward the cape of the hill Marjan, there are:

 

Sustipan offers the best view on regatta Mrduja.

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