Sibenik is a larger city and port located in northern Dalmatia. It is the seat of Sibenik - Knin County and a cultural, economic and tourist center. It is located in the Sibenik Bay, which is naturally the most protected port on the Adriatic.
It has a mild climate with warm summers, winters are colder due to winds. Sibenik spread amphitheatrically along the slopes of the surrounding hills. The city is a combination of the old part with narrow and steep streets and the newer part with modern architecture. The place is surrounded by old fortresses: Saint Anne, Subicevci and Saint Ivan. Sibenik is connected by railway with Zagreb and the hinterland. The port is located in a bay not far from the mouth of the Krka River, which is connected to the Sibenik Channel by a three-kilometer-long passage. The area of Sibenik was inhabited in the prehistoric period. It was first mentioned in written sources in a document of King Peter Kresimir IV. in 1066. Sibenik was ruled by Byzantium, Hungarian-Croatian kings, Venice, Bosnian king Tvrtko, France, Austria and Italy. The largest cultural sights are the Cathedral of Saint Jakob from the 15th century, the town lodge from the 16th century, the church of Saint Barbara from the 15th century, the church of St. Francis, the Prince's Palace, the city gates, the fortress of St. Anne, the fortress of St. Ivan, which is the highest in Sibenik, and the Subicevac fortress. The construction of the Cathedral of St. James began in 1431 and ended in 1555. It is the work of many masters, the most important of whom is Jurij Dalmatinec, and it was completed by Nikola Firentinec. The building is built in the Gothic style, the naves are covered with a beautiful Renaissance vault with stone slabs. From the south apse, one staircase leads to the sacristy and the other to the baptistery. The cathedral houses a valuable treasury of church vessels and works by old masters. Opposite the cathedral stands the town lodge. Church of St. Francis from the 14th century is a Gothic church with Renaissance and Baroque altars and a rich church treasury. The Rector's Palace now houses the museum of the city of Sibenik.
The high tower, which is part of the Prince's Palace and Prison, has been preserved to this day. Sibenik is dominated by the oldest city fortification, the fortress of St. Anne, which offers a beautiful view of the city and its surroundings.