Fact in Common Between the White House and the Diocletian Palace

Do you know one fact in common for the White House in Washington that was built in 1800, and the Palace of Emperor Diocletian in Croatian Split erected in distant 305?

The White House, USA

The White House, USA.

Probably, the White House for the Americans is an embodiment of power, stability, and prosperity. It is one of the symbols of American statehood, endowed with the same significance as the stars and stripes on the flag. The White House will be 212 years old this year.

However, one has to agree that the White House is not a traditional building for modern America. It is a residence constructed in the style of early Classicism characterized by the adherence to the strict principles of symmetry and classical architecture born in Ancient Greece and Rome. But it is not the only historic parallel associated with this American symbol.

Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

So, what is the common factor for the White House and the Palace of Roman Emperor Diocletian in the city of Split? The antique principles of symmetry? Sure. But there is one more: white color and the origin of the stone used for the building. Seems like the White House has pretty fair chances for a long existence. 🙂

The Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

The construction of the White House was completed in 1800, and initially the building was named a “presidential palace.” In 1792, its location was chosen by President George Washington personally. People started to call it “white” from the very beginning–although not officially–because of the light sandstone (a special limestone of snow-white color) that was used for the lining.

The sandstone of this noble tone has been mined for ages at the quarries on Brac Island in Croatia.

Brac is the third largest island in the Adriatic Sea famous all over the world for the white stone produced there. Brac stone was used for the construction of many famous buildings and cities in the world. For example, ancient Tragurion (it is 2000 years old), now known as Trogir in Croatia, was made of this stone (and partially from the Seget stone). That’s why it is also white.

City of Trogir, Croatia.

White Trogir. Croatia.

White Trogir, Croatia.

White Trogir, Croatia.

White Trogir, Croatia.

White Trogir, Croatia.

White Trogir, Croatia.

The White House’s relatives by the “white stone” are the Palace of Emperor Diocletian in Split, the historical monument protected by UNESCO; Wiener Hofburg Palace, Austria; the Parliament Buildings in Budapest, Hungary; and the Governor’s Palace in Trieste, Italy. The high quality of Brac stone determined its usage in such spheres as construction, architecture, sculpture, and the reconstruction of historical buildings.

Hofburg Palace. Wien, Austria.

The white Hofburg Palace. Wien, Austria – http://www.lynn-rick.com

Parliament. Budapest, Hungary.

The white Parliament of Budapest, Hungary – http://www.nateandmeg.wordpress.com

The Palace of Diocletian in Split was the first architectural creation of the masters from Brac. Since then, the masterful workmanship of stonecutters and carvers has passed on from generation to generation.

Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

The white Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

Diocletian Palace. Split, Croatia.

The Diocletian Palace, Split, Croatia.

Diocletian Palace, Split, Croatia.

Nowadays, Brac stone is cut in eleven stone mines, processed at the factory located on the same island, and used for the manufacture of different products, from bricks for expensive Mediterranean villas and hotels in the style of antique architecture to souvenirs. One of them we recently brought from Croatia.

Our clock in white Brac stone

Our Croatian clock in white Brac stone

More about Croatia:

Our Sailing in Croatia
Island Hotel Katarina or Paradise With Some Drawbacks

20 Responses to “Fact in Common Between the White House and the Diocletian Palace”

  1. Andrew Petcher Says:

    Great post Victor, I like the way that you have used a common theme to link together all of these great buildings!


  2. Our Adventure in Croatia Says:

    great post and beautiful pictures again Victor! as you know I have a particular preference for that corner of the world 😉 …


  3. Garden Walk Garden Talk Says:

    I agree with Andrew. Fine idea. You told me something I did not know and am now glad that I do. Thank you.


  4. Giovannoni Claudine Says:

    Very interesting… you may always learn something new from another globe trotter 😀
    Have a wonderful day


  5. christineodea Says:

    Hey Victor! Could you check out my blog about my trip to Europe next semester and give some tips in the comments if you have any? It would be greatly appreciated


    • Victor Tribunsky Says:

      Excuse me, Christine, but I afraid I can’t give you MY tips. I don’t travel cheap/low-budget long ago.
      Nevertheless, maybe one my opinion: if you want to feel a REAL France, don’t visit Paris first. Do it later!
      And the second one: don’t listen any advises. Just travel and feel all yourself! 🙂


  6. Cathy Sweeney Says:

    Very interesting perspective. I’ve been to the White House and hope to get to places like the Diocletian Palace someday. Beautiful buildings.


  7. Pero Says:

    As a born Splicanin I’m very proud that Brac island has contributed to White House. I must say you posted very nice pictures.


  8. wordsfromanneli Says:

    Wonderful post, Victor. I love all these tidbits of information about history. And of course, the photos are perfect, as always.


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