“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.