Cathedral of St. James is a masterpiece of Christian art in Sibenik. It was built in the 15th century. The cathedral is part of the UNESCO protected heritage.
It is famous not only in Croatia tourism but also in European architecture, since it is entirely made of stone. It was conceived and constructed as a three-nave basilica with a dome.

The construction of the cathedral was started at the beginning of the 15th century, and it was completed 100 years later. Reasons for such a long construction time were frequent wars and lack of money.

Numerous builders and architects participated in the process. The first of them were Italian architects Francesco di Giacomo and Antonio Bussato. They built for lateral walls and gates.

After them, Juraj Dalmatinac took over the main role in the construction. He completed the shrine, and he carved 74 people's heads in stone on outside walls. These people are still unknown today, and it is supposed to be people of that time from different strata of society. Today, this work of art is considered top architectural achievement.

Even if you are not really expert in art and architecture, you will enjoy your visit to the Cathedral.

It is interesting to note that one episode of Season 5 of the famous Game of Thrones series took place just near the cathedral.

Sibenik Cathedral
Sibenik Cathedral

Sibenik Cathedral opening hours

In winter time the Cathedral is open every day from 08.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. and from 4.00 p.m - 8.00 pm, and in the summer season is open all day from 08.30 a.m to 20.00 p.m. Ticket price is 15 kn (around 2 euros).

Left side of the cathedral
Left side of the cathedral

Cathedral is located in the center of the city.

View of the Cathedral from fortress
View of the Cathedral from fortress

If your apartment is located somewhere near the center of the city, I advise visiting Cathedral by foot. If not, take a car or taxi. Be aware of the fact that parking cost per hour may be 1.5 euro.

Zvonimr Peran     2019-04-20

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