Military Barracks to Become ”Living Room” for St. Nicholas Fortress

Lauren Simmonds

Something old turns into something new in the name of promoting Sibenik’s ever growing tourist offer.

Šibenik-Knin County’s former military property will be given new life and be transformed into a visitor’s centre worth a massive 26 million kuna.

As Poslovni Dnevnik/Ana Maria Filipovic Grcic writes on the 20th of April, 2018, on Thursday in the increasingly popular Dalmatian town of Šibenik, a contract was signed for the assignment of former military property to be transformed completely and turned into a visitor’s centre. The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, used this opportunity to thank the Minister of State Property, Goran Marić, for making concrete steps and going firmly forward with the issue of otherwise neglected former military property, and turning into something useful in the name of the country’s economic benefit.

The initial idea of this visitor centre was originally conceived as an extension of the Šibenik fortress of St. Nicholas (Sv. Nikola), as a kind of “living room” with the offer of catering and other similar amenities, and the value of the investment is, as stated, estimated at 26 million kuna, of which part of the money comes from European Union funds.

”This is the second phase of the tourist valorisation project of St. Anthony’s Channel in Šibenik from 2010 and is also one of the biggest turning points in the tourist history of Sibenik,” noted Goran Pauk, County Prefect of Šibenik-Knin.

“The Miners’ Project is key to successfully managing the fortress of St. Nicholas according to UNESCO standards, and as a visitor centre for the presentation of natural and cultural heritage, it becomes an access centre for the whole area with all its accompanying amenities,” he added.

State Property Minister Goran Marić pointed out that this area, which is currently home to former military barracks, is now being returned to the ownership of Šibenik to be transformed in a stategic project for the city.


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