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St. Michael's Fortress, Sibenik

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ST MICHAEL'S FORTRESS, ŠIBENIK

St Michael's fortress was built on a steep hill 60m above sea level, overlooking the estuary of the Krka river. The medieval fortress is the hearth of a town which was mentioned for the first time in 1066. That year the Croatian king Petar Krešimir IV spent some time in Šibenik.

On the fortress you can see that it was constructed between the 13th and 18th century but most of it dates back from the 15th/16th century. According to its layout , it is an irregular square. On the eastern side of the fortress there are 2 square towers and on the northern side there are 2 polygonal towers. The main gothic entrance is on the eastern side. Inside the fortress there are 2 water tanks, which were used by the soldiers. The other necessary chambers like bedrooms, storages and similar rooms are not preserved. St Michael's church, dating back as far as the 12th century, was inside the fortress.

Archelological excavations inside the complex of St Michael's fortress revealed many prehistorical and medieval cultural remains.

In the past the fortress was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The worst damage was done in 1663 and in 1752 when the gunpowder magazine inside the walls of the fortress exploded.

Two city walls stretch from the fortress to the caost and end with a large gothic gate. They were built at the beginning of the 15th century. Their purpose was to allow the soldiers to draw back to the sea in the cases of danger.

St Michael's Fortress Revitalization Project includes the renovation of the fortress and the construction of a summer stage with 1077 seats. This makes the fortress a recognizable monument of the cultural heritage. It is accessible to the visitors and it promotes cultural tourism by organizing different cultural, musical and stage events.

Evening events calendar:

15th of June

Carmina Burana - Concert by Choral Kolo and the Orchestra of Croatian Armed Forces.

22nd of June

Thievery Corporation

As a part of Terraneo Summer Break Festival.

7th of July

2cellos Stjepan Hauser i Luka Šulić

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, together known as 2CELLOS, have achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level. Presented by Terraneo Summer Break Festival.

31st of July

Croatian folk dance and songs ensemble - Lado

Co-organized with the Šibenik Dance Festival, Fortress will host the keepers of Croatian tradition, also called the traveling museum.

2nd of August

The National

As a part of the 'zero' day of SuperUho Festival, iconic rock band The National is going to have an exclusive seating concert.

15th of August

Nouvelle Vauge.

A third and final concert in Terraneo Summer Break Series.

29th of September

Arsen, Gabi and Matija Dedić

Concert season will be closed on St. Michael's day by three great Croatian artists.
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  • Amazing views! Our kids loved the open air theatre and put on their own show! A great adventure for our girls.  more »
  • My boyfriend and I were in Sibenik and decided to walk up to the fortress to get a good view across the water - we weren't disappointed! It's 50Kr each but decent value as this is an interesting and w...  more »
  • Beautiful views but didnt stay long. Had a concert rehearsing when we visited which ruined the peacefulness slightly!  more »