Cathedral of St James in Šibenik: Architectural wonder from the Renaissance
Considered to be one of the most important architectural achievements of the Renaissance in Croatia due to its value for Croatian cultural and historical heritage which is confirmed by making it to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2000.
Croatian city of Šibenik has a truly magnificent history. The city was first mentioned in 1066, a year forever remembered in Šibenik craft beer scene, in a document issued by the most important Croatian ruler - the king Petar Krešimir IV. Šibenik obtained the status of a native Croatian town in 1290, when the Diocese of Šibenik was established and its nickname, The Krešimir's city stands to this day.
The decision to build the Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik came in 1402. and the work began in 1431. Šibenik’s St. James’ construction took around a century and finished in 1535 and it is true testimony of determination and sacrifice for generations to come.
Three architects who succeeded one another, Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino, engineered the Cathedral to be built entirely from stone and using unique construction techniques for the dome of the Cathedral as well as other parts.
An interesting touch are the 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, which show a combination of Gothic and Renaissance art among other magnificent details.
Find out more about the City of Šibenik and the Cathedral of St. James during your visit a be sure to plan to rent villa in Šibenik for your holiday in style! Did you know that Game of Thrones was filmed here and the city of Šibenik posed as Braavos?