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Šibenik is almost half distance (70 km) between Zadar and Split. While most other Dalmatian cities have been founded by the Illyrians, by the ancient Greeks or/and the ancient Romans, Šibenik was first mentioned under its present name in 1066 in a royal chart established by king Petar Krešimir IV. It was created between the 9th and the 10th century by the Croat princes and can thus be considered as the oldest native Croatian town of Dalmatia.

Unlike other main Dalmatian cities, Šibenik does not stand directly on the Adriatic shore. Its harbor stands deep in the mouth of the river Krka that has carved its bed in a dramatic karstic landscape made of deep gorges and breathtaking waterfalls. It is linked to the sea by a chanel.

Šibenik stands half way between two national Parks : River Krka National park and Kornati National park, two must see. Visit my Kornati Islands National Park Page.

Šibenik was ruled by the Croatian and the Hungaro-Croatian kings before the Venetian Republic took control for almost four centuries (1412-1797) after a three years siege. It was then called Sebenico. It was later included in the Illyrian provinces of Napoleon's Empire before it being ruled for a century (1815- 1918) by the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Since then, it is a part of Croatia, first inside Yugoslavia, now as a fully independent state. The Turks several times threatened Šibenik but though several sieges, it never fell under Turk rule. Four Venetian fortresses control and protect the town : S. Anna fortress (a medieval fortress but rebuilt in the 16th-17th centuries), San Giovanni fortress (built in the 16th century), San Niccolù fortress (built in 1540-1547) and Subicevaċ fortress (built in the 16th century).

The whole old city of Šibenik must be visited but Cathedral of Sveti Jacov, now on the World Heritage list is an absolute must see.

  • Last visit to Sibenik: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Jan 23, 2006
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    We may be passing through here on our next holiday. Looks good for exploration. Merci.

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2006 at 1:39 AM

    Wonderful photos. St Jerome is your saint with the lion - he's very popular in Croatia. St Peter (Sv Petar) is always shown with keys - I think he must be the saint on your unidentified church. Loved the portrait frieze. leyle

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Jul 24, 2006 at 4:22 AM

    The Cathedral of Sveti Jacov is amazing especially the wonderful friezes of sculptured faces. Also the Kornati National Park does look like a sailer's paradise.

  • whitecliff62's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2006 at 7:58 AM

    The attention to detail on this cathederal is amazing, all the best Cliff

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2006 at 5:43 PM

    Excellent and detailed page. Great demonstration of one of the cardinal rules of photography - to move closer. Love all the detailed images. Now . . . off to your Kornati Nat'l Park page . . .

  • Mikebond's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2006 at 8:25 AM

    Superbe petite ville vénitienne! Il est drôle de voir ton commentaire sur ta propre page! Je n'ai lu que la première page des "things to do" pour l'instant!

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 29, 2006 at 12:21 PM

    Great job with the cathedral and lovely picture "Ice creams for three !" :-)

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2006 at 9:15 PM

    Thank you Niksa! You are right. I read that the damages at the cathedral were "from last war" which I understood and wrote "WWII". Actually that was last war in Croatia, ie 1990 and so.

  • Jan 28, 2006 at 7:36 AM

    Great photos of the cathedral. (I'm not sure about the WWII, I know it had severe damages in 1991 and reconstruction was very complicated due to dome's unique building technique).

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 1:34 AM

    Fine detailed photos of the cathedral.


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