Šibenik is a town which successfully combines its famous past and natural beauties.
Nature has granted this town, the name of which was mentioned by the kings, luxury of big and small islands bathed in the blueness of the sea, as well as a fascinating landscape of the national park Krka. It is the city with the greatest number of music organs and the most steps in all Croatia.
St. Jakov’s Cathedral The symbol of the town, a part of UNESCO’s world heritage, was being built for more than a hundred years by Juraj Dalmatinac and Nikola Firentinac. The whole cathedral was made of stone, without the use of other materials, and it contains more than 70 portraits on its apses. The thing that made the Cathedral unique is a special system of placing blocks of rock, enabling the cathedral to be built solely out of stone, without any bonds. There are 72 head sculptures of different people on the apses, a unique example of the renaissance realism – it is assumed that many of them were famous people of the time. Nikola Firentinac lifted the dome according to the plan of Juraj Dalmatinac, and had the honor of being remembered as the author of the roof complex and the upper part of the façade. The cathedral was finished by the Venice craftsmen, Bartol and Jakov from Mestra, in 1535. A small square that encircles it is one of the most beautiful Croatian squares.
Wells (4 wells) Ten of meters from the Cathedral of St. Jakov, there is a little plateau beneath which there used to be a public city cistern – water accumulation. The citizens of Sibenik had it built because of the frequent drought periods, as well as military sieges. There are four wells on the plateau (its outer part) out of which water could be drained. In the subsoil – the inside of the complex, there is an interesting coffee shop and a wine bar Bunari Danas (Wells Today) which is a great place to go out to, because different popular entertainers perform there.
Medieval convent, Mediterranean garden “St.Lovre” This garden is a rare sight because it is the only convent of the kind in Croatia, otherwise gardens of this type are very rare, there are only a few in this part of Europe. There is also a coffee bar, a restaurant and a souvenir shop..
Medieval fair in Sibenik The fair takes place at the end of September, around the Day of St. Mihovil (29.09.) It is a representation of the renaissance period, which helps to enliven, at least for a moment on the alleys and squares of Sibenik, the people whose portraits are on the chaplet of the apses of the Cathedral.
St. Mihovil Fort The St. Mihovil Fort is situated on a slope, 70m above sea level, above the old town agglomeration. It was built in the period between 15th-17th centuries out of white stone. During archeological research, the relics of a culture from the Iron Age were found, which proves that the Croats built a fort on the spot where old Illyrians once lived.