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Photogenic Sibenik is representative of historic Dalmatia

St. James Cathedral is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the entire country; it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

St. James Cathedral is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in the entire country; it is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Medieval St. Michael's Fortress occupies the hill over the old town; the strategically favorable and dominant position made it the central part of the Šibenik fortification system

Medieval St. Michael's Fortress occupies the hill over the old town; the strategically favorable and dominant position made it the central part of the Šibenik fortification system

St. Nicolas Fortress, built at the entrance to the Sibenik channel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but not currently open to visitors; it was constructed from 1540-1547 to deter the Turks from invading

St. Nicolas Fortress, built at the entrance to the Sibenik channel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but not currently open to visitors; it was constructed from 1540-1547 to deter the Turks from invading

It was fascinating watching Marilyn and Dorothy's ship come through the narrow channel to the port of Sibenik; not many cruise ships call on the small port

It was fascinating watching Marilyn and Dorothy's ship come through the narrow channel to the port of Sibenik; not many cruise ships call on the small port

Sibenik has a nice, but short, riva where vendors sell excursions to the nearby islands; the city is the youngest large town in Dalmatia since it wasn't mentioned for the first time until 1066

Sibenik has a nice, but short, riva where vendors sell excursions to the nearby islands; the city is the youngest large town in Dalmatia since it wasn't mentioned for the first time until 1066

The baptismal font in the cathedral was made in the 1440s of reddish breccias from the island of Rab; the baptistery is a masterpiece of Croatian sacral art

The baptismal font in the cathedral was made in the 1440s of reddish breccias from the island of Rab; the baptistery is a masterpiece of Croatian sacral art

One of the most beautiful public buildings in Dalmatia is Sibenik's City Hall; built in the Renaissance style in the 16th century, it is across a square from the cathedral

One of the most beautiful public buildings in Dalmatia is Sibenik's City Hall; built in the Renaissance style in the 16th century, it is across a square from the cathedral

A Croatian master mason created 71 portraits of his contemporaries to line St. James Cathedral; done in the 1400s, the works are one of the best examples of the Croatian early Renaissance

A Croatian master mason created 71 portraits of his contemporaries to line St. James Cathedral; done in the 1400s, the works are one of the best examples of the Croatian early Renaissance

The Rossini Palace evolved architecturally over the years beginning in the 11th century; like many buildings in town, it is unoccupied now but contributes to the atmosphere

The Rossini Palace evolved architecturally over the years beginning in the 11th century; like many buildings in town, it is unoccupied now but contributes to the atmosphere

It seems like every young woman in the Balkans wants to look like Cher

It seems like every young woman in the Balkans wants to look like Cher

The Lion Gate of St. James Cathedral with bronze door wings; the dome of the church was heavily damaged by Serb forces during the shelling of Šibenik in September 1991 but was quickly repaired

The Lion Gate of St. James Cathedral with bronze door wings; the dome of the church was heavily damaged by Serb forces during the shelling of Šibenik in September 1991 but was quickly repaired

St. Francis Church and Monastery date from the end of the 14th century and anchor the southeast corner of the old town; the city has a population of about 35,000

St. Francis Church and Monastery date from the end of the 14th century and anchor the southeast corner of the old town; the city has a population of about 35,000

Peter Kresimir the Great is credited as founding Sibenik in 1066; while he was king, the Croatian realm reached its peak in terms of territory

Peter Kresimir the Great is credited as founding Sibenik in 1066; while he was king, the Croatian realm reached its peak in terms of territory

The Croatian National Theater, built in 1870, is one of the rare modern buildings in the old town; the small old town is packed with 24 churches

The Croatian National Theater, built in 1870, is one of the rare modern buildings in the old town; the small old town is packed with 24 churches

The single nave, Gothic St. Barbara's Church was built around 1400 and is now a small  ecclesiastical museum; on August 28, 1895, Šibenik became the world's first city with alternating current-powered street lights

The single nave, Gothic St. Barbara's Church was built around 1400 and is now a small ecclesiastical museum; on August 28, 1895, Šibenik became the world's first city with alternating current-powered street lights

It's not quite the Flatiron Building, but it is where the two main pedestrian streets converge; there are 50  palaces scattered throughout the old town

It's not quite the Flatiron Building, but it is where the two main pedestrian streets converge; there are 50+ palaces scattered throughout the old town

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