Narona Archeological Museum

Narona Archaeological Museum

Southern Dalmatia

In 1995 archaeologists in Vid made the extraordinary discovery of an Augusteum, a temple dedicated to the cult of the Roman Emperors, built around 10 BC. Along with a simple monochromatic floor mosaic they found 17 marble statues of the Imperial family, all of which had been decapitated when the temple was destroyed in the 4th century. The site is now enclosed within an impressive piece of contemporary architecture, showcasing the temple and other exhibits highlighting the area's history.

Two of the statues (those of Augustus' wife Livia and the later emperor Vespasian) have been reunited with their heads, one of which had been exhibited in Oxford's Ashmolean Museum since its discovery in 1878.

You can also climb up to the museum rooftop for splendid vistas of the region.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Southern Dalmatia attractions

1. Kravica Waterfall

5.31 MILES

There's a slightly unreal Disney-esque quality to this outstanding natural attraction, where the Trebižat River plummets in a broad 25m-high arc into an…

2. Hajji Alija Mosque

6.44 MILES

Built in 1563, this large, beautiful mosque had its dome and minaret wantonly destroyed by Bosnian Croats in 1993, but it has been meticulously rebuilt,…

3. Cross Mountain

6.86 MILES

Erected in 1933 for the 1900th anniversary of Christ's crucifixion, the giant cross on the top of this 520m mountain has been a place of Catholic devotion…

4. Apparition Hill

7.47 MILES

A white statue of the Queen of Peace marks the site of the original 1981 visions on the hillside, 2km from central Međugorje. If you're fit you could nip…

5. St James Church complex

8.01 MILES

Međugorje's central focus is this rather functional double-towered 1969 church and the parklike grounds behind it. The main daily service is a 6pm rosary…

6. Boljuni Stećci

12.76 MILES

This collection of more than 270 stećci (ancient grave-carvings) forms two nearby groups under venerable oak trees at Boljuni, 12km from Stolac. While…

7. Radimlja Necropolis

14.98 MILES

At first glimpse, the famous Radimlja Necropolis looks like a quarry yard. But on closer inspection the group of around 110 white stone blocks prove to…

8. Grgić Vina

16.07 MILES

Perched dramatically on a headland above the pretty village of Trstenik, this impressive winery is run by the family of Napa Valley winemaker Mike Grgich…