Šibenik’s St. James’ Cathedral was constructed over a period of a century, and is testimony to the determination, sacrifice and belief of the generations of inhabitants of Šibenik. By many things it is unique not only in Croatian architecture, but in European architecture too: it is entirely built of stone, no other material was used; it is unique in its brave structure of stone slabs and ribs, with no binding material; it is also unique among renaissance churches in its trefoil front facade; finally, it is unique in the harmony of its architecture and the row of 71 realistic sculptural portraits around the apses.
Documents preserved from the time of building the cathedral evidence contributions from the entire community to its construction, not only the many individuals but also including a large number of domestic stone-dressers, builders and artisans. The most important among them was Juraj Matejev Dalmatinac, who came from Zadar and who was commissioned by the town of Šibenik in 1441 to take over the job of proto-master of the cathedral of Šibenik. The cathedral and the nearby renaissance town hall, other churches, palaces, and the Prince’s Palace which currently houses the County Museum, make up probably the most beautiful town square of Croatia’s urban heritage.
Source: Tourist Board Sibenik
Photos: Roy Wooters, Alvaro, Herve (Flickr)