THE CATHEDRAL OF ST. JAMES IN ŠIBENIK
The cathedral was built between the 15th and 16th century. Two architects from Italy and one from Dalmatia were building this cathedral in different time periods. Francesco di Giacomo from northern Italy, Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus from Zadar and Niccolò di Giovanni Fiorentino from Florence have combined their knowledge and influence and have made one complex, entirely built of white stone from island Brač. Interestingly, the cathedral was built without any connecting material. The Cathedral has a wreath of individualized heads of 71 men, women and children in natural size that has survived to this day. This cathedral is a perfect example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus is also credited for the construction of four wells on the square next to the cathedral, which were the main source of drinking water in the Middle Ages. Also, close to the cathedral stands Šibenik Town Hall along with the Rector’s Palace. In front of the cathedral, stands a statue of Georgius Mathei Dalmaticus. It was made by one of the greatest Croatian sculptors and artists, Ivan Meštrović. The cathedral was included in the UNESCO list of world cultural heritage in 2000.