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Šibenik
Šibenik is the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic coast. It is also called Krešimir's town, since it was the residence of King Petar Krešimir IV, the most important ruler of the ancient Croatian state. The first written mention of Šibenik was found in King Krešimir's papers dating from 1066 A.D.
Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic, is located in the most protected natural harbour, in the centre of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the beautiful Krka River, at the sources of Croatia’s rich history, probably in the place where some of the original Croatian settlers first saw the blue sea, as capricious as it is beautiful that both protected and defended them, fed and took care of them for as long as they could remember. Today Šibenik has 47,274 inhabitants and is the capital as well as the cultural, educational, administrative and economic centre of the County of Šibenik and Knin.
Šibenik is located in a large bay where the Krka river meets the sea. It grew from an old Croatian fort near the fortress of St. Michael, which still overlooks the town. Apart from St. Michael's, the town is surrounded by three other fortresses: St. Nicholas', St.John's and Šubićevac.
Its narrow winding streets, stony houses, many staircases and the remains of the city walls give Šibenik that romantic Mediterranean atmosphere. The St. Jacob's Cathedral is the most famous architectural master-piece in Šibenik. The erection of the cathedral took over a hundred years. It was made according to sketches by Juraj Dalmatian, a renowned master builder from Zadar. Made of stone exclusively, its unique constructions were both bold and unusual for that time.
The cathedral is also known for its Apse, with a crown of 72 heads portraying the contemporaries of Juraj Dalmatian in a very realistic manner. The cathedral, the Renaissance town hall, the Prince's castle, the neighboring churches and palaces - all are a part of an impressive square, probably the most beautiful one in the town-planning heritage of Croatia.

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