Sibenik and the For Love of Dogs fountain
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We finish the day by walking through Sibenik with Marina as our guide. Like the other towns along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia, Sibenik has marble streets in the old town section. The tour group has learned the perils of walking on marble streets and we’re all in what are called “sensible shoes”. Marina, who travels these streets on a daily basis is in heels, 3 inch heels, and walks with no apparent problem on the uneven marble streets. The other women and I are amazed by her.
Sibenik existed by 1066 when it was the ruling center of the Croatian King Petar Kresimir IV. It’s supposed to be the oldest Croatian town on the Adriatic Sea.
By now we had seen so many small Croatian towns that they were beginning to be indistinguishable from each other until Marina showed us two things that made Sibenik special. The first is a small water fountain along a side street. It’s inscribed “Amor Di Cani” or for “Love of Dogs”. How could you help loving a town that had a special pet watering hole? The second notable thing in Sibenik is the Cathedral of St James, built in the 15th and 16th century. Although the dome was damaged by Serbian shelling 1995, the damage has been repaired and the church is spectacular. It is built entirely of stone and the Bapistry in particular is testimony to the brilliance of the architects and stone masons.