Cathedral of St. James in Šibenik

The Cathedral of St. James (Croatian: Katedrala sv. Jakova) is located on the Dalmatian coast in city of Šibenik. It is the most important architectural monument of the Renaissance in Croatia and since 2000, the Cathedral has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List. St. James is a triple-nave basilica with three apses and a dome (32 m high inside).
The three architects who succeeded one another in the construction of the Cathedral - Francesco di Giacomo, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino - developed a structure built entirely from limestone and marble and using unique construction techniques for the vaulting and the dome of the Cathedral. The barrel roof is made from a line of enormous stone slabs. The execution of the cupola is considered one of the best achievements of Renaissance architecture. The form and the decorative elements of the Cathedral, such as a remarkable frieze decorated with 71 sculptured faces of men, women, and children, also illustrate the successful fusion of Gothic and Renaissance art.

Inside the cathedral there are four large, evenly matched columns on which the dome rests. The sides of the famous Altar of the Holy Cross (Sveti Križ) are decorated with reliefs of two angels holding the scroll of Nikola Firentinac, set into shell-shaped niches. It is interesting that this cathedral has no bell-tower. A tower on the adjoining city walls served this purpose.

Linked to: Fortresses in Šibenik


  1. Soul food photos

    ALOHA from Honolulu

  2. Very beautiful details of the adornments in Cathedral of St. James, merci beaucoup for sharing.

  3. Byłam raz w Chorwacji i mam nadzieję, że jeszcze tam pojadę :) uwielbiam ich architekturę i detale. Piękna..

  4. A magnificent building


  5. An architectural gem! Tom The Backroads Traveller

  6. breathtaking!! remind me of one we saw in Texas. but then you walked inside and it is tons more fancy & amazing!! great to share, thank you!! one of your host from InSPIREd Sunday, Beth. ( :

  7. wspaniała architektura i równie piękne detale

  8. What an amazing place to see and photograph... those heads are interesting... and I do love the soft color of the rock used to build it... Thank you for coming by sharing your creative photography on the Weekly Top Shot, #171!

  9. Wonderful architecture..Majestic and inviting♪

  10. This church is breath-taking! I love the first photo, but they are all wonderful. The heads on the frieze are so interesting!

  11. The architecture is amazing. I'd love to know the names of all those faces.

  12. Nothing like that in Texas. Really enjoyed seeing the amazing cathedral and all the details.

  13. This is a beautiful photo of a lovely church. The sculptures of the men, women and children must be lovely. Thank you for sharing this on Blue Monday.
    Happy Blue Monday.


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