Monday, 9 December 2019

Touristic Valorisation of Saint Nicholas Fortress Boasts Huge Potential

As Morski writes on the 8th of December, 2019, the final conference of the project ''The touristic valorisation of Saint Nicholas Fortress in the Saint Ante Channel'' presents the results of the reconstruction of the fortress at the entrance to Šibenik.

The results of the project were presented by Prefect Goran Pauk, Director of the ''Nature'' Public Institution of Šibenik-Knin County, Anita Babačić Ajduk, Chief Designer of the Croatian Restoration Institute, Ana Škevin Mikulandra and Renata Tomljenović, research associate at the Zagreb Institute of Tourism.

''If we're using sports vocabulary, then we've reached the semifinals. We have come a long way, but the most important matches are still ahead of us. This project created all the documentation and preconditions for obtaining the funds for the complete and final reconstruction of Saint Nicholas Fortress. The next step is to include the project in the list of strategic projects of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia,'' pointed out the Goran Pauk.

The activities and results of the Saint Nicholas Fortress project were presented by Anita Babačić Ajduk.

''First of all, thank you to the great collaborators for the project. We've obtained top quality documents that place emphasis on protection, conservation and sustainable use. This is in line with the principles of operation of our institution and the recommendations of UNESCO. Our concept and the guiding principle in the planning and implementation of projects so far and in the future is the integral sustainable management of natural and cultural heritage. These documents are not only a tool for obtaining new cash from EU funds, but also a guarantee that at the end of the process we'll receive the originally restored fortress in its full glory,'' Ajduk stated.

The main and detailed design of the fortification and renovation was presented by Ana Škevin Mikulandra, Chief Designer of the Croatian Restoration Institute:

''The project provided a solution for the rehabilitation of the dilapidated and damaged building structures of the fort. The conservation and restoration works, the construction rehabilitation and the furnishing are included. The design approach is based on conservation principles with the aim of preserving its monumental integrity and the value, with reversible contemporary interventions, all in order to contribute to the creation of new value ​​and to position the fortress in accordance with global importance.

The Saint Nicholas Fortress' management plan was presented by a research associate of the Institute of Tourism, Renata Tomljenović:

''The plan is an instrument for the sustainable management of the fort and its contact zone. This includes protection, sustainable use, management and visitation, and funding, education and collaboration. The goal is to make the fortress world renowned for its impressive architecture in a unique natural environment, but above all to preserve its authenticity, manage it sustainably, for the benefit of citizens, visitors and future generations,'' she stated.

The project is co-financed by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund under the Competitiveness and Cohesion Operational Program.

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Saturday, 1 June 2019

St. Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik to Open for Visitors After Two Years

The city of Šibenik is one of the few towns in the world with two cultural monuments listed on UNESCO's cultural heritage list - the St. James Cathedral and the St. Nicholas Fortress, reports HRTurizam on June 1, 2019.

The St. Nicholas Fortress will again welcome visitors from June 15, after nearly two years of being closed to the public.

During this off period, construction works were carried out to clean the building, with necessary restoration and measures for the safety of visitors. The boat dock at the main entrance was restored and provided secure and organized access to the site. These were the necessary preconditions for reopening of the fort, though the real job of its restoration lies ahead. 

"Our ultimate goal is to completely revitalize, decorate and renew the St. Nicholas Fortress, which will be open to visitors during the season. This requires tremendous efforts, painstaking work, and continued efforts in securing financial resources. But once we complete this lifelong project, we will leave a restored, originally preserved and magnificent UNESCO monument for future generations whereby the city of Šibenik and Šibenik-Knin County will be recognizable throughout the world,” said Goran Pauk, Prefect of Šibenik-Knin County.

Opening the St. Nicholas Fortress in the St. Anthony Channel is the result of a series of projects funded by the European Union, the Šibenik-Knin County and the Ministry of Culture of the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The first significant step was made in 2013 when, through the valorization project of the St. Anthony Channel, they organized the promenade and access road to the fortress. In May last year, the second phase of this project was contracted, which saw a value of 26 million kuna, and which envisions a visitor center and supporting infrastructure. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Conservation Department in Šibenik, a great deal was done, which resulted in a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage list. After that, an additional 2.6 million kuna was provided for the project documentation to complete the reconstruction of the facility, and the State Property Ministry allocated the area of the former barracks in the Minerska cove for 50 years.

“We are happy that the fortress, which has a special significance for all of us, will open its doors. I thank our fellow citizens who have recognized the complexity of the project and have shown great patience all this time. I can now be pleased to announce that during the first working day we will provide free tickets for all visitors and from June 17 to June 25, we will provide free tickets for half of the capacity of the ships for the inhabitants of Šibenik-Knin County to get acquainted with the offer but also experience the fortress in a whole new way. Also, I would like to thank the Ministry of Culture, the Conservation Department in Sibenik, the employees of Šibenik-Knin County and everyone who helped open the doors of this proud guard of Šibenik,” said Anita Babačić Ajduk, Director of the Public Institution of Nature in Šibenik-Knin County, which manages the fortress.

This season, you can visit the fortress only by the official boats departing from Šibenik.

A two-hour visit will include an attractive boat ride through the Šibenik channel and tour of the fort, accompanied by expert staff and the use of a multimedia guide. The maximum daily visit capacity is limited due to the limited number of places on board, the security conditions, and the protection of the monuments, as well as the quality of the visitors' experience.

Tickets will be available at a sales outlet on the Šibenik Riva and online.

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

UNESCO Flag Displayed on St Nicholas Fortress in Šibenik

It's official - the priceless monument in Šibenik now proudly flies the UNESCO flag!