first_imgEach of the more than 2.000 buildings located in the protected city center of Šibenik will soon have its own public access. ‘ID card’with all important data, photographs, and guidelines for restoration. It is a unique project, not only in Croatia, but also in the world. A project that preserves our heritage and what we are – and that is the greatest value of every nation, including ourselves.And this is exactly one of the goals of the project of the Šibenik Association of Citizens, Society for the Preservation of Šibenik Heritage Juraj Dalmatinac, entitled: “Information system of the cultural and historical ensemble of Šibenik”.The project has been intensively worked on for the last two years, and the first and the most difficult step was the careful recording of all buildings in the city center. In cooperation with the Society of Architects Šibenik, ie the youth section of the Society of Architects Šibenik (SOBA), the registration of the first 300 buildings was initiated in accordance with the guidelines and recommendations of the Conservation Department at the Ministry of Culture. After six months of work, the Juraj Dalmatinac Society and DAŠ collected all the necessary data for the first 300 buildings. “About ten members of the Society of Architects Šibenik participated in the project, and in addition to the records of the current condition of the buildings, information on guidelines for potential renovation was collected. The content of the building identification card, which can also be called a ‘building identity card’, contains general information: cadastral parcel number, area, address and house number. Then there are data on protection with markings of cultural property and protection system, and a description of the building with a prominent time of construction, purpose, number of storeys, data on the roof… “Points out Nikola Grubić, president of the Association” Juraj Dalmatinac.In addition, on the website that will be available for public use, with a simple click of the mouse for each of the buildings, those interested will be able to find valid provisions from the GUP of the City of Sibenik, photos of all street facades, cadastral situation and, most importantly, guidelines for renewal. This will ensure that potential restorers of buildings in the core should not violate conservation guidelines by using unsuitable renovation materials (roofs, facades, windows, doors, etc.), or by otherwise damaging protected buildings.This project is the first of its kind in Croatia and beyond. Its applicability is extremely important and becomes very interesting to other cities in the country and abroad. That this is the case is confirmed by the expressed interest of some of our cities on the Adriatic coast and one from neighboring Slovenia and Italy, Grubić points out and adds that currently the focus is only on Šibenik because the project remains to process several hundred more buildings. “We launched this project solely to protect our core, and to help our citizens have as few problems as possible during reconstruction.”Concludes Grubić.I constantly emphasize that the very essence of tourism is authenticity, and that I have to start respecting our culture, heritage, identities… because that is exactly our greatest tourist value. The stone heart of Šibenik is what makes the city of Šibenik, ie a tourist destination, unique, and this is an excellent example of sustainable development and preservation of our tradition and heritage. If we look at the bigger picture, it is unfortunate that under the prism of development we are constantly copying others, and we have exactly what others want – a unique and authentic story. Take a look around and ask yourself how hotels are built on our coast, I mean the design of the same? Do they fit into our unique space and ambience? Do we have any guidelines on how many floors and widths they can have, what material…This is not about banning investments or hotels, private capital looks exclusively at its own interest and dances within the framework we set for it. This is about sustainable and strategic development. We are irreversibly destroying our destinations with wild construction in the past, and now at the same pace without any framework and care, we allow the construction of hotels and apartments without any rules of the game, ie to follow the guidelines to better fit into the space.A copy is a copy, and the original will always have its value as well as the motive for coming.And that is why this example, both as a project and as a Society for Heritage Preservation, is one of the most important projects in Šibenik. Because if we turn into copies, the question arises why people would travel. Do not forget that the very motive of tourism, ie travel, is to get to know new ways and cultures of living. It is up to us, and the biggest responsibility is not on the Ministry of Tourism or the CNTB, but on the cities and the local population, which are most responsible for the development of cities and tourist destinations.Let us be proud and preserve our identity, history, heritage, culture… because these are our greatest values. Let us respect ourselves, so that others may respect us. We must not cut the branch on which we sit and that is why strategic development and sustainable tourism is the only right path of development.It’s all up to us.&lt;br /&gt;<br />
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