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.
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  • Croatia is full of medieval forts but they usually disappear in ruins which is sad considering how many we have and how awesome stories can be told about them. Guests visiting our country are missing....  more »
  • We really liked our visit to the fortress. First of all, it's easily accessible. Unlike most forts, this one is practically in the old town, and hike up the hill is not tiresome at all. The fortress....  more »
  • Enjoyed waking through the quaint streets and around the ruins of the Forum. Very reasonable prices of goods in the shops too. Go and have a listen to the sea organ - amazing
  • Wow! A brilliant site. We bought a 7 day ticket for St Michael’s and Barone Fortresses. Very well restored buildings and an interesting exhibition. The cafe is good, too. Ace views over the old town and over toward the sea channel, and down to the beach. Well worth seeing.
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