Šibenik is one of the only towns in the area founded by Croats rather than Romans or Greeks. But in later times it was ruled by Venice, Hungary, Bosnia and Italy. You can still see remnants of the city’s past inhabitants in the old churches, and buildings. A must-see is the Cathedral of St James, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Built in the 15th century, and extensively repaired after damage by bombing in the Croatian War of Independence in 1991, the cathedral is the most important Renaissance building in Croatia. There are a number of other old churches from the 13th to the 16th century, as well as a 15th century fortress on the hill behind the town where you can get a panoramic view of the area.