Fortress of St. Nikola in Šibenik opens on June 15

first_img “Our ultimate goal is a completely revitalized, landscaped and restored Fortress of St. Nicholas that will be open to visitors during the season. This requires enormous effort, hard work and continuous efforts in securing financial resources. But, once we finish this life project of ours, we will leave to future generations a restored, originally preserved and dignified UNESCO monument by which the city of Šibenik and Šibenik-Knin County will be recognizable all over the world.” he pointed out Goran Pauk, County Prefect of Šibenik-Knin County. It is the Fortress of St. Nikola in Šibenik will welcome the first visitors at the grand opening on June 15, after it was closed to the public for almost two years.  During this period, construction works were carried out on the cleaning of the building, the necessary rehabilitation and safety of visitors. The ship’s pier at the main entrance has been rehabilitated and safe and organized access to the site has been provided. This created the necessary preconditions for the opening of the fortress, but the real work of its restoration is yet to come.  The two-hour visit will include an attractive boat ride through the Šibenik Channel and a tour of the fortress accompanied by trained staff and the use of a multimedia guide. The daily maximum capacity of visits is limited due to the limited number of places on board, safety conditions and protection of monuments, but also the quality of the experience of all visitors.  The ticket price includes: organized boat transport from the Šibenik waterfront to the fortress through the significant landscape “Kanal-Luka in Šibenik” and contact zone, escort on board and at the fortress, use of multimedia guides with headphones and return to Šibenik according to the established schedule of regular departures from the Šibenik waterfront , every day from Monday to Sunday, as well as visitor insurance. Tickets will be available at the point of sale on the Šibenik waterfront and online at www.kanal-svetog-ante.com. Opening of the Fortress of St. Nicholas in the Channel of St. Ante is the result of a series of projects funded by the European Union, Šibenik-Knin County and the Ministry of Culture within the Government of the Republic of Croatia. The first significant step was made in 2013, when, through the project of Tourist Valorization of the Channel of St. Ante, landscaped promenade and access road to the fortress. In May last year, the second phase of the project worth 26 million kuna was contracted, during which a visitor center and accompanying infrastructure will be built. In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture and the Conservation Department in Šibenik, a great deal of work was done, which resulted in the registration of the fortress of St. Nicholas on the UNESCO World Heritage List. After that, an additional 2,6 million kuna was provided for the preparation of project documentation for the complete renovation of the facility, and the Ministry of State Property allocated the County the space of the former barracks in Minerska Bay for 50 years. This season, it will be possible to visit the fortress only by an official ship departing from Šibenik. All ships for the Fortress of St. Nikola leaves and returns to the Šibenik waterfront, near the intersection of the Croatian Navy Coast and the Dr. Franjo Tuđman Coast. “We are happy that the fortress, which has a special meaning for all of us, will open its doors. I thank our fellow citizens who recognized the complexity of the project and showed great patience all this time. I can already announce with pleasure that during the first working day we will provide free tickets for all visitors and in the period from 17 to 25 June we will provide free tickets for half the capacity of the ship for residents of Šibenik – Knin County to get acquainted with the offer, but also experienced the fortress in a whole new way. I would also like to thank from the bottom of my heart the Ministry of Culture, the Conservation Department in Šibenik, the employees of Šibenik-Knin County and everyone who helped us open the doors of the proud sea guard of Šibenik.” pointed out Anita Babačić Ajduk, director of the Public Institution Nature of Šibenik-Knin County, which manages the fortress.  The city of Šibenik, one of the few cities in the world with two cultural monuments on the UNESCO list of cultural heritage – the Cathedral of St. Jakov and the fortress of Sv. Nicholas.last_img read more

Hiddink alleges: Chelsea vs Barcelona 2009 Champions League semi-final was ‘fixed’

first_img The Blues were denied a spot in the final after the official Tom Henning Ovrebo made a series of blunders. Hiddink, manager of Chelsea at the time, branded the officialdom as: “The worst refereeing I have ever seen.” He told Ziggo Sport: “The referee performance surprised me, because in the past he’d had perfect performances. Is it the worst refereeing I’ve ever seen? I think so.” The Dutchman alleged: “This is the only time I thought a match could’ve been fixed.” Hiddink claims football chiefs would not have wanted a repeat of the all-English final between Chelsea and United the year before, won by the Red Devils on spot-kicks. But in an interview with The Sun two years ago, Norwegian whistler Ovrebo admitted to making genuine mistakes during the match. Ovrebo, who works as a psychologist in Oslo now, turned down FOUR Blues’ penalty claims and Chelsea were cruelly eliminated by Andres Iniesta’s 94th-minute goal for Barca which put them through on the away goals rule. Loading… Death threats were made after the game by people claiming to be Chelsea fans, while straight after the match Blues striker Didier Drogba verbally attacked the ref, and later received a five-match ban. Ovrebo said: “I was happy with 95 per cent of my decisions. But there were some decisions that were not dealt with in the correct manner. “One handball earlier in the game should have been a penalty. People will always have different opinions about the game. “But everyone agrees the refereeing that night was not optimal. And I am the first to agree with them.” At the time Uefa dismissed the conspiracy theories around the game. read also:Chelsea announce Eddie Newton departure for Trabzonspor Uefa general secretary David Taylor said: “If anything it’s a media conspiracy against Uefa. “It does make me angry. It really annoys me because it’s a load of rubbish.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Guus Hiddink has claimed Chelsea’s 2009 Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona might have been fixed – even though the referee has owned up to making mistakes. Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime20 “The Big Bang Theory” Moments Only A Few Fans Knew AboutWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?last_img read more

U.S. pound Serbia 96-66 for third straight gold

first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO,(Reuters)-A ruthless United States pounded Serbia 96-66 to claim a third straight Olympic men’s basketball title yesterday to give coach Mike Krzyzewski a golden send-off.After scrapping to a tense three point win over Serbia in the group round, the United States quickly removed any suspense from the rematch, surging to a 52-29 halftime lead then cruising to their 25th straight win on Olympic hardwood.Kevin Durant led the assault, pouring in 30 points including 24 in a brilliant opening half, while DeMarcus Cousins was again a beast on the boards, pulling down 15 rebounds.The rout capped a brilliant tenure as Team USA head coach for Krzyzewski, who signs off having guided the U.S. to three consecutive Olympic gold medals and a near perfect 88-1 record in international competition.The only blemish on the resume of ‘Coach K’, as Krzyzewski is known to many, is a semi-final loss to Greece at the 2006 world championships.Earlier, Spain edged Australia 89-88 to take home the bronze.last_img read more