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St. Michael's Fortress, Sibenik

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St. Nicholas' Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Nikole) is a fortress located in the town of Šibenik, one of the oldest native Croatian towns on the eastern shores of the Adriatic, in central Dalmatia, Croatia. It was included in UNESCO's World Heritage Site list as part of "Venetian Works of Defence between 15th and 17th centuries: Stato da Terra – western Stato da mar" in 2017.HistoryThe town of Šibenik has a fortification system consisting of four fortresses: St. Nicholas' Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Nikole) St. Michael's Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Mihovila) St. John's Fortress (Tvrđava Sv. Ivana) Barone Fortress (Tvrđava Barone)Only St. Nicholas' Fortress is at sea, at the entrance to the Šibenik port, and the remaining three are on land.St. Nicholas' Fortress was built on the left side at the entrance to St. Anthony (Sv. Ante) channel, on the island called Ljuljevac. The island is situated at the entrance to the Šibenik channel across the Jadrija beach lighthouse. St. Nicholas' Fortress got its name from the Benedictine Monastery of St. Nicholas, which was originally on the island, but due to the construction of the fortress, it had to be demolished. At the request of domestic Croat population of Šibenik, the Venetian captain Alojzije de Canal decided to build a fort on the island of Ljuljevac on 30 April 1525. The fortress was designed and built by the famous Venetian architect and builder Hyeronimus di San Michaela. It was built by in the 16th century to prevent Turkish boats from reaching the port. St. Nicholas' Fortress was armed with 32 cannons. However, its imposing appearance and size were a bigger threat to the enemy than cannons ever were. Arrange to visit St. Michael's Fortress and other attractions in Sibenik using our Sibenik trip itinerary builder app.
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  • Well laid out with plenty of information (be sure to get the tablet from the information booth in the main indoor section, included with the entry ticket), spectacular views, two great immersive... 
    Well laid out with plenty of information (be sure to get the tablet from the information booth in the main indoor section, included with the entry ticket), spectacular views, two great immersive...  more »
  • If you are going for the view, do not. Save yourself the money and go to the cemetery right below for free. Bonus, you get to see some beautiful gravestones and 'mausoleums'. 
    If you are going for the view, do not. Save yourself the money and go to the cemetery right below for free. Bonus, you get to see some beautiful gravestones and 'mausoleums'.  more »
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  • Restored fortress offers a magnificent view of Šibenik and surrounding islands and few cafes for a refreshment on a hot summer day. Not to mention raising your heart rate climbing endless stats through narrow streets. Simply wonderful😊
  • Amazing fortress at the top of the city, with fantastic views across the city and out over the Adriatic. Modernised tastefully, with an amazing amphitheatre - would love to come back on an event evening. There is an entrance fee of 60Kn per person, but it's worth it just for the incredible views.

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