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Map of the old Town Layout

The tour around the town is fairly easy, but you surely need a map to direct yourself. There are main streets, but also some narrow streets that do not have names as you search for the sites. Overall, there are about 35 primary sites to visits, if you are so inclined. Of those, churches make up about 20 of those for visits. It gets a bit daunting to remember which looked different from the other after a while. WE did not see them all, since this was only a one day trip.

St Jacov/Jakov church

This is the "anchor" of the sites to see, and they have been building on it for 15 decades. It is in the middle of the old town area, and right near the Riva alongside the water. Sibenik has so many fine sites, that it is difficult to know which ones you may want to spend extra time at.
The first documented facts of Sibenik being a Croatian town under this name was 1066, under the rule of Croat King Peter Kresmir iV. It has been a focal area for the Dalmatian coast for many years. It has been a center for political, economic and social culture for most of the last 1000 years. The Venetians left the city mostly autonomous in ruling its own destiny, but they still had many intruders that tried to take over the area, most notable were the Turks in 1400's. The building of the forts helped to keep them from conquering the town.

Fortress St. Michael-St. Ana

Based on excavations of the area, it was found that this fort and the hilltop site has been existing since early AD period. Due to its strategic location, it had to keep building forts to protect itself form those attackers. So they completed Fort Nicholas on the water in 16th century, then also fort St. John and Subicevac, and fort St. Ivan at the top of the hill.
After WWII, it became part of the Yugoslav empire, after Austrian control form 1800's to WWI period. The war of 1991-95 damaged many buildings and an attack on this town lasted for six days, but the Yugoslav army could not take the town. It has since rebuilt most of the damaged parts.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Some very nice sites are all compacted into old town
  • Cons:Not much that we could tell-maybe tourists in summer
  • In a nutshell:Take a long walk along the Riva then climb to the fort
  • Last visit to Sibenik: May 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Jul 2, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Great page on Sibenik! Checking out possible stops for our next holidays.

  • ViajesdelMundo's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    HI Bruce! thanks for visiting my Los Barriles page recently and yr kind remarks--yes, it is lovely here this time of year; I am in t-shirt, shorts and thongs! never yet gotten to this part of world, but you hv a lot of good info for lovely virtual tour!

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    A lovely page. Hope to be able to visit Hrvatska one day, I have only been to Srbija a couple of times.

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 18, 2010 at 2:36 PM

    Nice tips on this elegant and interesting city.

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Bruce, gorgeous page about Sibenik. There are so many interesting places to see in Croatia, that I should return soon.

  • Redang's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    I also liked this city a lot (the whole country actually)

  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2010 at 4:08 AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I hope you didn't wear your legs out!

  • Mikebb's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2010 at 3:50 PM

    Enjoyed the memories Bruce. We stopped here for lunch in 2005, on an 8 day tour. Looks like you had a wonderful time.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Thanx for your page, Bruce! Take care! ~

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    Looks like you had a nice tour of Sibenik! I have never been to Croatia but hope to visit one day.


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