Founded over 1000 years ago, the city of Sibenik is often overlooked by visitors to Croatia, in favour of the major seaside resorts and larger historic cities. Its prime location, in central Dalmatia, naturally makes the nearby Kornati Islands more accessible, and travellers tend to visit Sibenik on day trips to the nautical retreat. If you’re in search of the best UNESCO sites, whilst cruising in Croatia, Sibenik is certainly worth exploring.
One of the largest Gothic-Renaissance cathedrals in the region can be found on the Dalmatian coast. The iconic St James’ Cathedral is constructed entirely from stone quarried on Korčula and Brač Islands, and boasts a remarkable frieze that features 71 sculptured faces of men, women and children, and the individual design styles of three famous architects. Take a tour of the city on foot, and discover the hidden gems of 15th century Gothic-Renaissance St John’s Church and the Šibenik City Museum, located within the 17th century Rector’s Palace. From the top of the fortified battlements of St Michael’s Fortress, you can admire breathtaking views of Krk River and the city below.
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