The cathedral of St. James in Sibenik is the most important architectural achievement in the 15th and 16th century on Croatian soil. Because of its exceptional value, this Gothic-Renaissance monument has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 2000.
The diocese of Šibenik was founded in 1298. Since the existing church of St. James was too small and unsuitable for the cathedral, it was decided that the bishop and the city provide resources for the construction of a new cathedral. The actual work began in 1431 and lasted for over a hundred years!
Three major architects of the cathedral – Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus, and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino – managed to develop a structure built entirely from stone, using a special construction technique. There was no bonding material used. The Cathedral of St James in Šibenik is a unique testimony of the transition from the Gothic to the Renaissance period in the church architecture.