- Šibenik is situated along the mouth of Krka on the most picturesque part of the eastern Adriatic coast. As the oldest Croatian autochtonous town it was first mentioned in 1066 during the reign of the Croatian King Kresimir IV.
Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast. It is also called Krešimir’s town, since it was the residence of King Petar Krešimir IV, the most important ruler of the ancient Croatian state. The first written mention of Šibenik was found in King Krešimir’s papers dating from 1066 A.D.
- The rich cultural and historical heritage of the city is visible in the impressive Cathedral of sv. Jakov [St. Jacob], built by the famous architect Juraj Dalmatinac and is under UNESCO protection. Numerous churches, monasteries, palaces and four fortresses also testify to the perseverance, renunciation and faith of generations of people of Šibenik. Šibenik is a city of culture. It is the host to the only International Children’s Festival as well as traditional events such as Dalmatian chanson Evenings.
Near the town there are two national parks – Krka and Kornati whose fascinating landscapes take visitors breath away.
Built between 1431 and 1535, St. Jacob’s Cathedral witnessed important exchanges in the area of monumental art between North Italy, Dalmatia and Tuscany in the 15th and 16th centuries. Three architects – Francesco di Giacomo, George of Dalmatia and Nicholas of Florence – developed a structure fully made of stone.
Its narrow winding streets, stony houses, many staircases and the remains of the city walls give Šibenik that romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The St. Jacob’s Cathedral is the most famous building in Šibenik. The erection of the cathedral took over a hundred years. It was made according to sketches by Juraj Dalmatian, a renowned master builder from Zadar. Made of stone exclusively, its unique constructions were both bold and unusual for that time..
The cathedral is also known for its Apse, with a crown of 72 heads portraying the contemporaries of Juraj Dalmatian in a very realistic manner. The cathedral, the Renaissance town hall, the Prince’s castle, the neighboring churches and palaces – all are a part of an impressive square, probably the most beautiful one in the town-planning heritage of Croatia.
Šibenik is beautiful destination for your vacation in Croatia.
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Sports & natureŠibenik cruiser regatta A basketball tournament in memoriam of Šibenik’s great man Dražen Petrović takes place every year on the anniversary of his death, 07.06.
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Culture and history infoThe most distinctive trait of the cultural scene in Šibenik, and its trademark of a kind, is the International Children's Festival. Musica appassionata is Šibenik's classical music festival organized by the Croatian National Theatre at the end of July and at the beginning of August. It brings together eminent national and foreign artists.
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