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  14.07.2020, 07:43h

Special offer for visitors resulting from cooperation between the PI Priroda of Šibenik-Knin County and the PI of Krka NP

All visitors showing an entrance ticket to Krka National Park less than 7 days old at the ticket office of the St. Nicholas Fortress info centre will receive a 10% discount on the cost of an individual ticket for the fortress.

This will give visitors the opportunity to enjoy, at a discount, one of the loveliest Croatian national parks and heritage monuments under UNESCO protection, and stay in this region a little longer. Meanwhile, a series of joint activities are underway concerning presentation and promotion. At the branch office of the Public Institute of Krka National Park in Skradin, an exhibit of photographs of the St. Nicholas fortress has been displayed, with information about visitation. This joint campaign will also unfold on the websites and social media.

“Krka National Park and the Priroda Public Institute are two similar institutions entrusted with the conservation, protection, interpretation and sustainable use of protected natural and cultural heritage. By promoting the UNESCO monument at Krka National Park, we are connecting two neighbouring protected areas and some of the most significant natural and cultural values of this region. Through this cooperation, we are presenting the natural, cultural, historical, social and economic features as a whole, which is particularly important to our visitors this year,” said Nella Slavica, director of the Public Institute of Krka National Park. She further stressed that this cooperation is part of the ongoing activities of Krka National Park to develop the entire area and stimulate economic activities between the many entities operating along the shores of the Krka River.

Anita Babačić Ajduk, director of the Priroda Public Institute of Šibenik-Knin County, stressed that this is a significant step forward in the cooperation between the two institutions. “To date we have had successful cooperation in research projects, and now this is expanding to promotion and visitation. Our two institutions are also connected by the territory they cover. The Priroda Public Institute manages the area of the source and the mouth of the Krka River, both north and south of the national park. This includes the Krčić River, as the source of the Krka, the course of the Krka River around Knin, and the entire course and mouth from Skradin to the St. Anthony Channel and St. Nicholas fortress. The plant and animal life do not recognise administrative borders, and so our cooperation is essential in every element. Nor do visitors recognise these administrative borders, and so these joint campaigns are certainly beneficial. This will increase the visibility of different localities, and ensure a controlled and sustainable visitation system.”

Though the Krka River once flowed to the southern shores of the island Zlarin, today the estuary of the Krka River begins under the falls at Skradinski Buk to the north, and extend all the way to the St. Nicholas fortress in the south, running just over 22 km long. This area includes the town of Skradin and the city of Šibenik, and picturesque places such as Zaton and Rasline, as part of a natural area where cultural and historical heritage worthy of admiration has been created over the millennia. The St. Nicholas fortress, the maritime protector of Šibenik, was inscribed onto the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017.

Ten thousand years ago, the St. Anthony Channel was part of the Krka River Canyon, and today it is part of the broader locality called “Channel – Harbour”, a significant landscape protected in 1974. It is over 2,000 metres long and between 140 and 220 metres wide. This represents the gates of Šibenik to the open sea, and the entrance into the city. Meanwhile, the channel also marks the end of the route of the Krka River, and its final mouth into the Adriatic Sea. At the end of the channel, towards the open sea, stands the St. Nicholas fortress – a gem of Venetian fortified construction. It is almost completely surrounded by the sea, and is largely preserved in its original form, making it one of the most attractive fortresses on the Adriatic. The St. Nicholas fortress marks the maritime entrance into the St. Anthony Channel in Šibenik, and it is a unique Renaissance structure of Venetian fortified construction, and an exceptional monument of the global architectural heritage. It was erected on the Ljuljevac Islet, at the site of the former Benedictine monastery of St. Nicholas, after which it was named.

The fortress was designed by the Venetian architect Gian Girolama Sanmichelli and its construction began in 1540, after the fall of Skradin to the Ottomans, when the Venetians were forced to reinforce their defence of Šibenik, their most important strategic port on the eastern shores of the Adriatic Sea. The fortress is particularly valuable as it has retained its original form and the rare Renaissance architectural solutions, and therefore in 2017 it was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the nomination “Defensive structures of the Venetian Republic of the 16th and 17th centuries”.

For more information on how to receive a discount and for more about visiting the St. Nicholas Fortress in the St. Anthony Channel and Krka National Park, please visit the websites and