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Historic Sights

ST JAMES CATHEDRAL
Šibenik’s most recognisable landmark – and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – St James Cathedral is an architectural marvel with its interlocking stones and famous dome. Built over a period of 100-plus years from 1431-1535, the cathedral showcases a unique blend of Gothic roots and Renaissance finesse.

ST NICHOLAS FORTRESS
The distinctively-shaped, Venetian-period St Nicholas fortress – one of four in Šibenik and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – guards the sea entrance into Šibenik at the beginning of St Anthony’s channel.

ST MICHAEL’S FORTRESS
The oldest structure in the region – St Michael’s Fortress – dates back to the eleventh century; it now plays host to a lively open-air theatre, featuring performances throughout the summer.

BARONE & ST JOHN’S FORTRESSES
Fortress Barone was built to work in tandem with nearby St John’s fortress. The Venetian-designed fortresses guarded the town against Turkish invasions. Amazingly, the fortresses were completed in only 45 days with the help of the Šibenik townspeople. Originally named Šubićevac after the noble Šubić family, Barone is now named after a German soldier in the Venetian army, Baron Degenfeld, who was instrumental in Šibenik’s defence. Since 2016 the revitalised ‘fortress of culture’ offers visitors digital tours of Šibenik’s past via augmented reality and multimedia platforms, panoramic views over Šibenik and its archipelago, a cafe and authentic Croatian souvenirs.