Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Split-Makarska

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Archdiocese of Split-Makarska
Archidioecesis Spalatensis-Macarscensis
Splitsko-makarska nadbiskupija
Coat of arms of Marin Barišić.svg
Country  Croatia
Ecclesiastical province Split
Area 4.088 km2 (1.578 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2010)
437,989 (93.4%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 3rd century
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Domnius, Split
Co-cathedral Co-cathedral of Saint Mark, Makarska
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Marin Barišić

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Split-Makarska (Croatian: Splitsko-makarska nadbiskupija; Latin: Archidioecesis Spalatensis-Macarscensis) is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic church in Croatia and Montenegro. The diocese was established in the 3rd century AD and was made an archdiocese and metropolitan see in the 10th century. The modern diocese was erected in 1828, when the historical archdiocese of Salona was combined with the Diocese of Makarska. It was elevated as an archdiocese and metropolitan see in 1969, restoring the earlier status of the archdiocese of Split, as it is also known. The diocese was also known as Spalato-Macarsca.[1]

Its suffragans are the Diocese of Dubrovnik (Ragusa), Diocese of Hvar (-Brac e Vis), Diocese of Kotor (Cattaro), and the Diocese of Šibenik (Knin).


In the 6th century, there was an early medieval Archbishopric of Split that recognized the supremacy of the Patriarch of Constantinople rather than the Roman Pope.

Forty-seven bishops of Salona are known: Saint Domnius is patron saint of Archidiocese and city of Split. Hesychius III is mentioned in the twentieth book of Augustine of Hippo's De Civitate Dei; an epistle from Pope Gelasius I is addressed to Honorius; Honorius III conducted a synod in 530; Natalis at a Council in 590, unjustly deposed his archdeacon Honoratus, but Gregory the Great took the latter's part. In 639 Salona was destroyed by the Slavs.

In 647 the city of Spalato (now Split) began to arise from the ruins of Salona, and after an interregnum of eleven years its archbishops took over the territory of the archbishops of Salona. Out of the long series of its seventy-nine archbishops may be mentioned St. Rayner (d. 1180), and the unfortunate Marcus Antonius de Dominis, who was deprived of his office after having filled it for fourteen years and died an apostate at Rome in 1624; Thomas, who resigned his office voluntarily (thirteenth century), is the author of a history of the bishops of Salona and Spalato.

With the death of Archbishop Laelius Cippico (1807) began another interregnum which lasted twenty-three years. The Church in Dalmatia was reorganized in 1828, Makarsca united with Spalato, and the latter as a simple bishopric made subject to Archdiocese of Zara. Paul Miossich was appointed first bishop of the new diocese in 1830.[2]

The current archbishop is Marin Barišić.



  1. ^ Catholic Hierarchy page
  2. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainHerbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). Catholic Encyclopedia. Robert Appleton Company. 

Coordinates: 43°30′29″N 16°26′26″E / 43.5081°N 16.4405°E / 43.5081; 16.4405