Šibenik, the city of fortresses

Šibenik, the city of fortresses

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If you ever wondered what would it be like to have a time machine and go back in time, I have great news for you. Šibenik, the city of fortresses, is living its amazing past. One of those fortresses is under the protection of UNESCO since December 2017.

St. Michael’s (St. Mihovil’s) fortress

St. Michael's fortress is the oldest one. It is mentioned for the first time in 1066 during the rule of king Peter Krešimir IV. Šibenik is also for the first time mentioned during this period, and it is also known as Krešimir’s city. St. Michael's fortress was made to defend the entrance into the bay, and it is considered that the whole city started to develop towards the sea  from this point in time. It was rebuilt in the 18th century, after being destructed for many times. It was finally renovated in 2014, and today it is a stage for many musical and other cultural events.

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St. Michael's Fortress
St. Michael's Fortress
Zagrađe 21, 22000, Šibenik, Croacia

St. John’s (St. Ivan’s) fortress

St. John's fortress is located above the old city. It was built in 1646 in order to defend the city from Turkish attacks. It has a shape of a star, and it was built in only 45 days. Saved documents witness that all citizens were included in the construction process, as it was important to finish it as quickly as possible. It is interesting to mention that Šibenik was never conquered by the Ottoman Empire. In 2014, it served as a venue for shooting scenes from the Game of Thrones series. During the visit, you will hear several legends about St. Ivan and this place.

Picture © Credits to: jasminam

St. John's fortress
St. John's fortress

Šubićevac fortress (Barone)

Šubićevac or Barone fortress was built at the same time as St. John's fortress. But today, it is reconstructed, and it has something you won't find everywhere. A real coming back to past. With a help of digital technology, you will meet the commander von Degenfeld and help him defend the city from the Ottoman Empire. It will be magnificent!

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Šubićevac/Barone fortress
Šubićevac/Barone fortress

St. Nicholas' fortress

The last of them and the most popular is St. Nicholas' fortress. It is under UNESCO World Heritage protection from 2014. It has a triangle shape and is located in the middle of St. Anthony channel. It is entirely surrounded by the sea, and with one steep sandbank connected to the land, so you can go there by foot. Here, you will see well-preserved premises and many performances that will bring you back to the medieval times.

Picture © Credits to: jasminam

St. Nicholas' fortress
St. Nicholas' fortress
Шибеник, Хрватска

Come to Šibenik, the city of fortresses and feel the touch of the ancient moments. Besides splendid nature that will greet you with its 50 shades of green, meet the heroes and hear their stories. Meet the heroes and hear their stories. They have so much to tell you!

Cover picture © Credits to: Andrey Orekhov

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Marko Radojevic

Marko Radojevic

I am Marko, 28 years old, from Croatia. Travel, languages and nature enthusiast, lover and explorer. I share about my beautiful country.

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