This impressive building from 16th century stands out at the entrance of the St Anthony Channel, protecting the city.

Due to its strategic importance, Sibenik is surrounded by military buildings from different periods of history.

This fortress is a great example of Renaissance military architecture. Venetians built it as a part of their fortification system known as Stato da Mar. They created it in order to protect their overseas territories.

Gian Girolamo Sanmicheli designed it and built it between 1540 – 1547 to protect Sibenik from Turkish attacks. Although it is relatively small in comparison to other similar fortresses in the Adriatic, it is stunning, especially when approached from the sea.

The fortress is triangle-shaped and almost completely covers the isle Ljuljevac. You can approach the building not only from the sea, but also from the shore.

In July, 2017 UNESCO proclaimed it as Protected World Heritage. Currently it is not open to the public due to restoration.

St Nicholas’ Fortress, St Anthony Channel and Sibenik in the distance