A young girl, carrying a cherry-colored balloon, explores the entrance to the Cathedral of Saint James in Šibenik, Croatia, as lion statues seemingly look on. During our café break, across the square from the cathedral, we actually saw a steady stream of local little ones climbing atop the lions and playing hide & seek.
This Gothic and Renaissance cathedral was built completely out of stone between 1431-1535. Its history and architectural style was influenced by 15th and 16th century art movements of northern Italy, Dalmatia, and Tuscany.
The cathedral roof sustained considerable damage during the six-day shelling of Šibenik in 1991, following the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. It has since been repaired and in 2000, was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
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