Hot Topics in Contemporary Crystallography


by Croatian Association of Crystallographers



       Šibenik, Croatia, May, 10th to 15th, 2014      

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  •  About Šibenik

Šibenik is located in the central part of the Croatian Adriatic Coast, in the picturesque bay where the Krka River, one of the most beautiful karst rivers in Croatia enters the sea. Šibenik can be easily reached by air via Airport of Split (45 km away) and Airport of Zadar (50 km away). The A1 motorway connects Šibenik with Zagreb (280 km) and the rest of Europe. The Krka national park, one of the most beautiful natural sites in Croatia is just 10 km away from the city. Šibenik today is the administrative, political, economic, social and cultural centre of the County of Šibenik and Knin which extends along the 100 kilometre long coastline between the Zadar and Split Rivieras, extending up to 45 kilometres into the hinterland area, at the bottom of Dinara mountain. Šibenik and Knin County has 242 islands, islets and above-sea reefs. Most of this archipelago is in the north-western part of Šibenik's waters and is especially indented, bare and sparsely inhabited. The area of Šibenik has only 10 island settlements. The most numerous group of islands are the Kornati (national park), widely known for their bizarre shapes and splendid natural beauties.

Šibenik, the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic, is located in the most protected natural harbour, in the centre of the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea, at the mouth of the beautiful Krka River, at the sources of Croatia’s rich history, probably in the place where some of the original Croatian settlers first saw the incomparably blue Adriatic, as capricious as it is beautiful that both protected and defended them, fed and took care of them for as long as they could remember. Today Šibenik has almost 50.000 inhabitants.


Šibenik's St. James’ Cathedral, a UNESCO protected historical monument, was constructed over a period of a century, and is testimony to the determination, sacrifice and belief of the generations of inhabitants of Šibenik. By many things it is unique not only in Croatian architecture, but in European architecture too: it is entirely built of stone, no other material was used; it is unique in its brave structure of stone slabs and ribs, with no binding material; it is also unique among renaissance churches in its trefoil front facade; finally, it is unique in the harmony of its architecture and the row of 71 realistic sculptural portraits around the apses. The rosette in the very centre of the front facade (picture right-up) reveals the twentyfold symmetry.

Documents preserved from the time of building the cathedral evidence contributions from the entire community to its construction, not only the many individuals but also including a large number of domestic stone-dressers, builders and artisans. The most important among them was Juraj Matejev Dalmatinac, who came from Zadar and who was commissioned by the town of Šibenik in 1441 to take over the job of proto-master of the cathedral of Šibenik. The cathedral and the nearby renaissance town hall, other churches, palaces, and the Prince’s Palace which currently houses the County Museum, make up probably the most beautiful town square of Croatia’s urban heritage.

St. Michael’s Fortress is located at a height of 70m above the sea behind the old city agglomeration. It was built, in the period from the 15th to 17th century, out of dressed white stone. Thanks to archeological research, remains of a culture from the prehistoric Iron Age have been found, which proves that the fortress was built by Croats in a place that was once known as a post of old Illyrians. There are two entrances to the fortress; one is located in the wall towards the old cemetery and the other on the north side.

  •  "Solaris" beach resort - Hotel Jakov ***

Solaris is easy to reach beause of its close vicinity and good traffic connections. It is only 6 km away from the A1(E65) highway, and 4 km from the town of Šibenik. The closest airport are the Airport of Split (SPU) (45 km) and Zadar (ZAD) (50 km).

Solaris Beach hotel Jakov is situated in the Family part of the Resort. Its comfortable and simple interior, experienced and kind staff will make your stay a unique experience.


The page was updated on 20.11.2013

The workshop is generously supported by:

Ministry of Science, Education and Sports of the Republic of Croatia

International Union of Crystallography

European Crystallographic Association