Sustainable management of fortification heritage in Šibenik
Over the last few years, Šibenik has become a best practice example in using EU funds for the restoration of its cultural and historical heritage. Two fortresses in Šibenik (St. Michael’s; Barone) have been successfully revitalized, and the third one (St. John’s) is currently undergoing the same process. The management of these historical monuments has been entrusted to the newly-established Public cultural institution Fortress of Culture Šibenik.
The difference between the terms reconstruction and/or renewal and the term revitalization is the creative and sustainable use and management of heritage. The revitalization projects in Šibenik clearly show the chronology and the paradigm shift regarding the interpretation and presentation of heritage and knowledge of the possibilities of digital technology within the institutional care of historical, cultural and natural heritage, as well as their worldwide best practice examples has become an inevitable know-how for cultural workers of Croatia. One of the most important goals of the Fortress of Culture is to become a leader in innovative interpretation, presentation and management of cultural and historical heritage, while simultaneously maintaining financial and programmatic self-sustainability.