Barone is a fully reconstructed fortress in Sibenik. It is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists who visit the town every year, mostly during the summer season. Together with the other fortresses in Sibenik, Barone is a masterpiece of art and military construction of the period characterised by constant Ottoman attacks in East Europe.

View of Sibenik from Barone fortress
View of Sibenik from Barone fortress

Fortress Barone interesting facts

Just like the other fortresses in Sibenik, Barone was built for the purpose of defence against Turkish invasion. It was constructed in 1646. when it was clear that the Turkish army will attack.

An almost unbelievable fact is that the construction of the fortress lasted only 58 days.
Venetian government, which at that time had rule over Sibenik, denied giving money for the construction. Instead, people in Sibenik financed it on their own and built it using their own hands.

Over 25.000 Turkish soldiers approached Sibenik in the battle that took place in 1647. After more than 6 hours of battle, the Ottoman army was forced to retreat. Sibenik won the battle, and this victory was significant for stopping the further breakthrough of the Turkish army into the European continent.

The fortress features high tech museum with a virtual view of the battle in 1647., provided by the technology of Augmented Reality.
Another attraction is panoramic view of Sibenik and St Anthony's Channel.

There is a coffee bar on the fortress with an excellent and unique coffee taste. During the winter season, the price for the coffee is only 12 kn, which is less than two euros.
You could also taste indigenous Sibenik wines such as Debit, Plavina, Maraština and Babić. 0.1 l glass of wine costs less than 3 euros.

There are educational boards on English and Croatian language alongside the locality.

View of St Anthony channel from Barone fortress
View of St Anthony channel from Barone fortress
View of Antun Vrancic High School from Barone
View of Antun Vrancic High School from Barone

Barone fortress is located in Sibenik area called Subicevac. You can reach it by car or by walking from the old town. It takes some climbing effort to reach the locality. For those who arrive by car, there is free parking just near the fortress. During the high season in July and August, there may not be available parking spots. In that case, you could leave your car at Subicevac, near Antun Vrancic High School, and take a 5-minute walk up to the fortress.

Children playground on Barone
Children playground on Barone

The ticket price for an adult person is 50 kuna (around 6.5 euro) and 30 kn (around 4 euro) for children. The same ticket is valid for a visit to St. Michael's Fortress.
There is an option of buying a family ticket with a price of 100 kn (around 14 euros), which is valid for parents and their children up to 18 years.

cannons on Barone Fortress
cannons on Barone Fortress

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