Croatian National Shrine of St. Nikola Tavelić is located in
Šibenik and is dedicated to the first Croatian canonized saint St.
Nikola Tavelić (Tavilić).
Croatian National Shrine of St. Nikola Tavelić in Šibenik is one of the most popular shrines on the Dalmatian coast. The monastery and the church within the sanctuary are dedicated to St. Francis. Church of St. Frane was built in the second half of the 15th century in the extreme southeastern part of the historic city center near the sea. Church of St. Frane was consecrated on May 31, 1423. Since 1970, with the occupation of the bishop, this church has been proclaimed the Croatian National Shrine of St. Nikola Tavelić. At the time of the Baroque period, this magnificent building was also decorated with Baroque altars, the side of which have been preserved to this day, while the main marble altar, with a stone superstructure, was largely removed during restoration in the 1970s. Of particular value in the church are the organs of the famous organ maker Petar Nakić.
Croatian National Shrine of St. Nikola Tavelić had seven altars, and occasionally more. Many altars were created and erected as a votive gift of the faithful. The four baroque altars have their own special historical and artistic value. One is dedicated to St. Nikola Tavelić.
Within the church and monastery, there is also the Museum of St. Frane with church books and artistic sacral objects. The museum library stands out with a collection of 140 incunabula and a collection of manuscript codices. There is also the "Šibenik Prayer", one of the oldest Croatian linguistic and literary monuments, written in Latin around 1375.