Šibenik, the Town of King Krešimir, in Croatia

Croatia, Sibenik Guide (B): Šibenik, the Town of King Krešimir, in Croatia

Everyone needs a hero. For the inhabitants of Šibenik in the Dalmatia region of Croatiait is the Croatian King Petar Krešimir Hailed as the founder of the city there is some doubt about this accolade. But there is no doubt that this energetic king who ruled from 1059 until his death in 1074 was associated with this city. He mentions it in a proclamation made in 1066. Close to the sea front, presiding over a small park, is a splendid statue of the king. This park is dedicated to the botanist Roberto de Visiani, a recognized Croatian botanist, poet and philosopher, one of the founders of modern botany in Italy. The fountain in this square bears his name.

On the far side of the park I entered the modern hub of the city, Poljana. Originally this square was an open space outside the walled town. Horse races and archery competitions used to take place here. On one side of the square is Šibenik Theatre. Built in 1870 this theatre was patronized by the Emperor of Austro-Hungary, Franz Joseph, when Croatia was part of his kingdom. Today it hosts the Croatian National Theatre. A contemporary building opposite this theatre is occupied by the public library. This building incorporates part of a buttressed sixteenth century bastion. In a niche on the side of this bastion is a statue of the Archangel Michael the protector of the city. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Šibenik, the Town of King Krešimir, in Croatia
Guide Location: Croatia » Sibenik
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: King Petar Krešimir   Poljana   Šibenik Theatre   Vijećnica café-restaurant   Cathedral of St James   Garden of Saint Lawrence   Fortress of Saint Michael   Barone Fortress   Saint John’s Fortress  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: https://experiencedtraveller.com/journal/2017-12-03-sibenik-the-town-of-king-kresimir-in-croatia