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Šibenik was mentioned for the first time on Christmas in 1066 in a document issued by the King Petar Krešimir IV, therefore also called the Krešimir town. It was founded by Croats over a thousand years ago, making it the oldest native Croatian town on the Adriatic.

It started to develop out from the settlement at the foot of the St. Michael’s Fortress on a steep cliff above the city. The city status was given in 1169.

After Dalmatia had been sold to the Venetians, Šibenik came under the rule of Venice in 1412. Due to the hard wars with the Turks, fortification systems were built for the defence againts the Ottomans. In 1647 the battle for Šibenik was the greatest Ottoman attack on Šibenik.

In the middle of the 16th century, the plague dwindled the city and caused its long-term decline and slow recovery. In 1797, after the collapse of Venice, Šibenik became a part of the Habsburg Monarchy until the end of the First World War. After that, the Italian occupation lasted until 1921, when the city was annexed to the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. But in 1941, Šibenik was again occupied by the Italians, and after the capitulation of Italy in World War II, the formal authority was taken over by the NDH-Independent State of Croatia. During the Second World War, the Allies bombed the city and the City Hall was demolished.

During the socialist Yugoslavia, new factories and plants were opened in the city, the economy flourished, but all this changed during the Croatian War of Independence of the 1990s. After the war, in which our county gave a great deal, the city is slowly turning to tourism and today it is one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Croatia.

Šibenik is situated in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, in the picturesque and indented bay where the Krka River, one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Croatia enters the sea. Today Šibenik, with 46,332 inhabitants, is the administrative, political, economic and socio-cultural center of the Šibenik-Knin County.

Šibenik features

Šibenik and Knin County has 242 islands, islets and above-sea reefs. The most numerous group of islands are the Kornati, which are distinguished by their remarkable beauty known throughout the world.

The Šibenik region is characterized by a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and dry and mild winters. In most parts of the Šibenik region, the most common winds are the bora-bura and the sirocco-jugo, and along the coastal belt there is even the refreshing onshore mistral-maestral.

Šibenik is famous for its cultural and historical sights and natural beauties, and boasts two monuments under the protection of UNESCO, the Cathedral of St. James and the St. Nicholas’ fortress as well as the two national parks, Krka and Kornati. There are even three fortresses in the city: St. Michael’s, Barone, St. John’s and St. Nicholas’ on the sea side with a beautiful view over the St. Anthony’s Channel and the city of Šibenik.

Don't miss:

  1. St. John Fortress
  2. St. Nicholas Fortress
  3. Fortress Barone
  4. St. Michael’s Fortress
  5. Kornati
  6. Krka Waterfalls

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