Cathedral of Saint James in Sibenik

Publish date: 17-07-2019
Cathedral of Saint James in Sibenik

The Cathedral of St. James (Katedrala sv. Jakova) is a catholic cathedral in the center of Sibenik. One of 7 cathedrals in Croatia, which has the status of "small basilica". In 2000 it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 building of the church was initiated in 1402, although plans for its construction were already in 1298, when Šibenik became a municipality. The actual construction of the cathedral began only in 1431.

The cathedral was built entirely of stone (limestone from a nearby stone quarry and marble from the island of Brac). Neither bricks nor wood were used in construction, this unique technology was specifically invented by the famous Croatian architect Juraj Dalmatinac. He invited this technology especially for the construction of this temple. Juraj Dalmatians also created 74 sculptures for cathedral decoration. Dalmatians died before the construction of the cathedral was completed, his work was continued by another famous Croatian architect, Nikola Firentinac.

Construction of the church continued until 1536, in 1555 the cathedral was consecrated.

Working hours

For prayers: 08:30 - 09:30

For tourists: 09:30 - 20:30.


Entrance fee: 25kn.


Exact Address: Trg Republike Hrvatske 1, Sibenik, Croatia


Please keep in mind that English is not web page author's native language. So, if you find an error on the site, select the text with an error and press Ctrl + Enter to send it for correction (for Mac, press Cmd + Enter).