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Cathedral of St. James

View of the Cathedral from fortress.JPG View of the Cathedral from fortress

Cathedral of St. James is a masterpiece of Christian art in Šibenik. It was build in 15th century. The cathedral is part of the UNESCO protected heritage. It is famous not only in Croatia 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 started in 1402, and it was completed 120 years later. Reasons for such a long time of construction were frequent wars and lack of money. Since the construction lasted for more than a century, numerous builders and architects participated in the process. The first of them were Italian architects Francesco di Giacomo and Antonio Bussato. They were responsible 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 in the cathedral.
Cathedral of St. James.JPG Cathedral of St. James

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.JPG Left side of the cathedral

Where is Cathedral located

Cathedral is located in the center of the city.

How to get to Cathedral

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

Cathedral of St. James photos

Here are a few photos of cathedral from outside:

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