Culture & Heritage

Take a stroll through the historic centre, explore the cobblestone streets and squares, climb the formidable fortresses, sail through St. Anthony's Channel and discover valuable Dalmatian cultural artifacts and artwork that tell the storied history of Krešimir's city!

Although the first settlements in this area can be traced back to prehistoric times, as evidenced by the numerous archaeological finds at the Danilo site, the city of Šibenik was founded by Croats over a millennium ago at the foot of St. Michael's Fortress, which towers over a steep cliff near the mouth of Krka River. Šibenik was first mentioned on Christmas Day of 1066, although it was not given city status until the Middle Ages, with the establishment of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Šibenik in 1298. Over the centuries, the city was ruled by the Republic of Venice, successfully resisted Ottoman advances, and was a part of the Habsburg Monarchy. Until the 17th century plague epidemic, Šibenik was the largest city on the eastern Adriatic coast. The city's most recognizable symbol is the Cathedral of St. James, the crowning achievement of 15th and 16th century Croatian architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with St. Nicholas' Fortress also inscribed on the list. In addition to the cathedral and the fortresses, curious eyes will identify plenty of other valuable fragments that capture the spirit of bygone eras.

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