Who we are
‘Civitas sacra’ is an integrated project for improving the tourist offer of the city of Šibenik and is based on the valuation of the cultural heritage of the Cathedral of St James and Galbiani Palace, whose total value amounts to HRK 36,380,859.92. In addition to contributing to the valuation of heritage protected by UNESCO – the Cathedral of St James – the great value of this project is also reflected in the fact that the project holder is the Diocese of Šibenik, which makes this the first large-scale project of the Church in Croatia that has received funds from the EU – namely, HRK 30,911,666.34 in non- refundable funds.
As part of the project Civitas Sacra, the Interpretation Centre of the Cathedral of St James was built and organised inside the mediaeval Palace Galbiani, a four-storey edifice located in the very heart of the old town of Šibenik, just one hundred metres from UNESCO’s crown jewel, followed by the erection of the children’s playground on the Šibenik boardwalk and the installation of interpretative signage in the old town core of Šibenik.
The Interpretation Centre ‘Civitas sacra – Sacred City’ gathers the rich history of the Diocese of Šibenik in one place and tells its visitors tales of the specific features of the construction of the Šibenik cathedral that were revolutionary for the architecture of its period, as well as of the importance of this building for the history of Šibenik and its cultural importance for the entire region of Šibenik. Its story is also a story of people – the natives of Šibenik whose efforts made the erection of this magnificent edifice possible.
The Interpretation Centre was named in honour of this distinctive, yet rare spirit of unity that, in mediaeval times, inspired all the social strata of Šibenik to unite around the idea of building a cathedral known as civitas sacra, or sacred city, and to persist for many centuries in their efforts to construct it – peasants, noblemen and clergy alike.