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“Nicest cathedral we say in Sibenik but not extraordinary”

The Cathedral of St James in Sibenik
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“Nicest cathedral we say in Sibenik but not extraordinary”
Reviewed June 8, 2013

Not much from the outside but a lot more interesting sculptures, art and religious artefact and architecture on the inside. We found the mix of architectural styles to be somewhat disturbing and not every aesthetic and the size is very small to be called a Catherdral. Worth the visit but only a short one (20 minutes).

Visited May 2013
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“One of the most beautiful churches in Croatia”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

A spectacular setting, and the art and majesty of the stones and carving is worth the trip. The carving around the outside is of particular interest

Visited May 2013
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“Large cathedral”
Reviewed April 29, 2013 via mobile

This cathedral is quite large and in very good condition. There are faces all around the outside of the cathedral, and it is in a small square.

Visited April 2013
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Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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“masterpiece”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

..that you have to visit. Its beauty is breathtaking. The whole sq is amazing..., so vivid and beautiful. There are so many elements to the cathedral that you can spend hours looking at it....
You have to love it!

Visited April 2013
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“An unsuspected jewel”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

Sibenik cathedral is the masterpiece of Juraj Dalmatinac, a little known genius of architecture and sculpture of the XV century. This building comes as a wonderful surprise to lovers of art, who can spend quite a long time exploring both its exterior and its interior.

The cathedral has several unique aspects:
1 It was built only with stone, without any bricks or wood, even for the vault, which required an ingenious building system.
2 The external volumes correspond with the interior spaces, a very modern architectural trend.
3 Despite its Gothic main gate, the frontal facade has already a clear Renaissance composition.
4 The lateral gate follows the Gothic pattern of Trogir cathedral, with the nude sculptures of Adam and Eve standing on Venetian lions, while the rest of the lateral facade belongs to Renaissance.
5 The sculpted heads adorning the back, with their realistic expressions, are to be found only in this cathedral.
6 The baptistery, built in a crypt, is a gem of Renaissance balance and of deep knowledge about the use of natural light in architecture.

I agree with JurijKobal: you need several hours to really grasp the beauty of such a building, but not only that of the sculptures on the facades, also that of the interior. You can visit early in the morning, keep you ticket, visit other interesting sites in beautiful Sibenik, then come back in the afternoon and go again into the cathedral - the doorkeeper will certainly agree to let you in without paying again - to admire the changed aspect of the baptistery as light has changed. Then come back again at night, and you'll have another image of Sibenik cathedral. Wow, I got in love with it!

Visited September 2012
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