UNESCO Accepts the Nomination for St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik

By , 08 Mar 2016, 20:30 PM Lifestyle
UNESCO Accepts the Nomination for St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik http://www.sibenik.in/sibenik/unesco-prihvatio-kandidaturu-sv-nikola-bi-za-godinu-dana-mogao-postati-zasticena-svjetska-bastina/56374.html

Share this:

The Fortress of St. Nicholas could become a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Saint Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik has officially become a candidate for inclusion on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage List. The official evaluation done by this international organization will be completed next May. UNESCO has informed the Croatian Ministry of Culture about its decision a few days ago. The decision has confirmed that the nomination procedure has been completed and that all the technical requirements have been fulfilled, reports sibenik.in on March 8, 2016.

The report on the nomination, titled "The Defence System of the Venetian Republic from the 15th to 17th century", was submitted to UNESCO before the deadline. The entire idea came from the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Activities and includes fortresses in Italy, Montenegro and Croatia.

The first part of the evaluation procedure should be completed by September, and the exact timeframe will be known when UNESCO submits the official paperwork and their representatives decide whether Šibenik gets to boast about another world heritage site, after the Cathedral of St. James.

While this would obviously contribute greatly to tourism in Šibenik, the inclusion of the St. Nicholas Fortress on the list of the world heritage sites would also open the door to new funds needed for its reconstruction. The County has recently decided to invest over a million kuna in the fortress. During the previous government, the talks were launched with the Ministry of Culture about applying for the resources for the fortress outside of the usual funds and to treat it as a strategic project important for the whole country.

If the fortress becomes the latest addition to the World Heritage List, this would be a huge achievement for Šibenik, because the fortress would finally become not only the project of the local significance, but of national interest. This is why it is exceptionally important for the St. Nicholas Fortress to be named the second entry from Šibenik under UNESCO’s protection.

The City of Šibenik and the County are involved in a lawsuit trying to prove who of the two has the authority over the fortress, and sources say that the Administrative Court has sent the case back to the Ministry of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Infrastructure, which should now come up with the final decision.

The fact is that the problems surrounding St. Nicholas Fortress should be resolved bearing in mind Šibenik’s best interest. Experts are advocating opening it for visitors as soon as possible, so that the money from the ticket sales could be used for reconstruction.

From Croatia with Madness

Croatia Traffic Info

  • Traffic is of medium intensity on the A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče, A2 Zagreb-Macelj, A3 Bregana-Lipovac, A6 Rijeka-Zagreb motorways and on the motorways in Istria. There are no longer delays at Lučko toll station. Occasional hold-ups are possible along the DC8 Adriatic road on acces roads to tourist centres, on the DC1 state road, in ferry ports and at border crossings. Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -the DC29 from Novi Golubovec (DC29, DC35) -the DC502 Smilčić-Pridraga state road -ŽC5042 Višnjan-Tićan. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only: -on the DC1 state road in Knin, on the section Sučević-Otrić in Otrić -on the state road DC2 in Vukovar, (Kudeljarska and Priljevo street) -on the state road DC66 Pula- Raša bridge -on the state road DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko. With the sunny and dry weather, more and more cyclists and motorists are on the roads. Other vehicles (such as cars or trucks) should look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Check your mirrors and be aware of blind spots before turning. While at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop in order to let bikers pass, and check for unseen riders. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you. Cyclists are not immune to traffic violations: pay attention to red lights and practice arm signaling!
    Read more
  • Due to heavy traffic during the tourist season longer wait times are possible on most border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
    Read more
  • All ferries and catamarans are operating according to schedule
    Read more

Interview of the week

Photo galleries and videos