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Sibenik

Country
Croatia
State
Dalmatia
City
Sibenik
Type of Location
Multiple
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Places to Visit
How to Reach

By Air

If you are considering a tour to Sibenik and wish to travel by flight, you can take a flight to either Split Airport or Zadar Airport. These are the two airports located closest to Sibenik. They are around 65 kilometers from the town. Most of the international carriers operate from here. Some of these carriers include Wizzair, Germanwings, Croatia Airlines, Malév Hungarian Airlines, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Austrian Airlines and Czech Airlines, among others. From the airports, you can avail of the bus service or simply hire a car to get to the heart of the city. You can travel by local buses from here as well.

By Trains

You can avail of trains if you want to travel to the surrounding cities. The trains run regularly to Split and Zagreb. The train station is located towards the south of the Milete bb bus station.

Key places to visit
Cathedral of St Jacob, Krka National Park, Drnis, St Anne's Fortress, Town Hall


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Places to Visit

Cathedral of St Jacob

The Cathedral of St James (Katedrala Sv Jakova in Sibenik) is one of the highlights of the Dalmatian Coast and a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site. This grand Cathedral took over 100 years to complete in the 15th and 16th Centuries. The construction was begun under the direction of Venetian architect, Antonio Dalle and later passed on to the sculptor Jurac Dalmatinac. Upon his death, the work went to Nikola Firentinac. During the course of construction a variety of styles were incorporated into the Cathedral, including the Gothic lower level and the Renaissance upper level.

One of the noteworthy features to take watch for while visiting the Cathedral is the frieze on the outside of the apse, with more than 70 unique faces, representing ordinary citizens from the 15th Century. Also of interest are the script of bishop Sizigoric, the "Gift of the Wise Men" by Ricciardi, and the "Lion's Portal" with figures of Adam and Eve by Dalmatina and Bonino Milano on the north side.

Krka National Park

Established in 1985 the Krka National Park (Nacionalni Park Krka) protects the area around the middle and lower areas of the River Krka. As the river flows down from the upper reaches there are a series of lakes and rapids and the beautiful Roski Slap and Skradinski Buk waterfalls. At the center of the park is Lake Visovac, below the Roski Slap waterfalls. From here the Krka River joins up with the River Cikola, flowing over Skradinski Buk and out to the sea.

The park is home to about 200 different bird species, including herons and egrets. It also has some cultural attractions including an Orthodox Krka Monastery (Arandjelovac), dating to the early 15th Century at the north end of the park and Samostan Visovac, the island monastery on Lake Visova.

Krka National Park can be accessed from Lozovac, Miljevci, or Skradin. From Skradin boats run upriver to the waterfalls. It is also possible to reach Roski Slap from Miljevci.

Drnis

Not far from Sibenik is the small town of Drnis. At the end of the 15th Century a fort was built here to defend against a Turkish invasion. The fort was eventually captured and Drnis fell to the Turks who expanded on the town, making it one of their outposts. They built a mosque and Turkish baths here. Later, fighting between the Ottomans and the Venetians in the middle of the 16th Century, all but destroyed the town. After the Ottomans departed, the Venetians rebuilt the mosque, turning it into the church of St Anthony.

To the east of Drnis is the village of Otavice, where sculptor Ivan Mestrovic built a Mausoleum for himself and his family. He lived in the United States in the latter part of his life but was laid to rest here. It is a simple stone structure with a dome.

St Anne's Fortress

St Anne's Fortress (Tvrdava Sv Ana) is Sibenik's oldest defense structure, dating to medieval times. Lightning struck the munitions holding area causing a fire that, for the most part, destroyed the structure. It was rebuilt during the 16th Century although the fort today is more of a ruin than a fort, with crumbling ramparts. The walk up the steep winding streets to this hilltop fortress is well worth it for the spectacular views out over the city and sea. The fort is up above the medieval section of Gradina, in the northeast. It is particularly beautiful at sunset.

Town Hall

The Sibenik Town Hall (Gradska vijecnica) is located across the square from the Cathedral of St Jacob. The Renaissance structure boasts beautiful columns and a balustrade, and dates to the middle of the 16th Century. It was built by well known architect Michele Sanmicheli. The Town Hall was largely destroyed during an Allied air strike on Sibenik during the Second World War. Following the war it was completely rebuilt following the original plans.

Large columns and arches mark the façade of the lower level of this two-storey structure. The upper level, with a balustrade, is the loggia.

Right Time to Visit

July - August

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