Sibenik Cathedral

Šibenik, Croatia

The Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik is a triple-nave basilica with three apses and a dome. It is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the entire country. Since 2000, the cathedral has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The building of the church was initiated in 1402, though plans on its construction had already begun in 1298, when Šibenik became a municipality. The actual work to transform the older Romanesque cathedral began in 1431. Built entirely of stone (limestone from a nearby stone quarry and marble from the island of Brač), it was completed in three phases, from 1433 to 1441, when the Grand City Council entrusted the work to local and Italian masters Francesco di Giacomo, Lorenzo Pincino, Pier Paolo Bussato, Bonino da Milano, and Giorgio da Sebenico (Juraj Dalmatinac) and to Croatian ones Andrija Budčić and Grubiš Šlafčić.

Its beauty is especially emphasized by the imposing Renaissance dome, the work of Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino, which was damaged in the Croatian War of Independence, and nowadays is a special symbol of Šibenik.

The Cathedral is also known for its iconographic innovations, among which a special place is occupied by sculptures of 71 heads on the outside part of the shrine, the work of Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus, for which scientists are still not quite sure who they represent.

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Founded: 1402
Category: Religious sites in Croatia

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********** (5 months ago)
The whole town is incredible and this is the best of the best. :D
Даниил Лубкин (5 months ago)
Beautiful church with amazing sculptures and gates. Don’t recommend to go inside. But defiantly must see place in Šibenik.
Adam Gadomski (6 months ago)
There's not much to see inside, but it's worth to visit that important place in Sibenik.
Ivana Sošić Antunović (6 months ago)
One of the prettiest churches I know!
Željka Grdinic (7 months ago)
Šibenik like turist destination,not recomenable.Very rude people ,dont want to help ,just take your money. Navigation doesn't help in this city..I 'am Croatian and this is the first and my last visit to this city
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