"It is An Elegant City with Style" Top 5 Page for this destination Sibenik by BruceDunning
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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.
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.
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: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
As usual, there are no places to be usually found on the street, and if you do, they have zones to charge for the time.... more travel advice
We found that this may be the only restaurant along the Riva that actually serves food. We stopped at 4 other places,... more travel advice
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