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Construction of a new cathedral is symbolically the culmination of centuries of striving to be separated from the diocese of Trogir and with its own church and community gain autonomy. It was built on the south side of the old town square, on the site of the Romanesque church of St. Jacob.
The idea of building a grand cathedral dates from the 1298th year. when ibenik was given his own diocese and the city. The decision to build and start preparatory work made in 1402. year. Construction, however, only began in the 1431st and lasted with interruptions until 1536. year. The first decade of its work raising Venetian Gothic builders and stonemasons Sibenik masters Andrew Budi and Budisa Stati. During that time he built the south and north walls, bottom, Gothic façade and both portals.
When the bishopric 1298th The existing church. James, on the main square is promoted in the cathedral, but that was small and unsuitable same time it was decided that the bishop and the city provide funds for the construction of a new cathedral. In the late 14th century, after the invasion of Venetian old cathedral. James is damaged, it was decided to build a new you in 1402. Mr. Bishop Bohdan Pulia efforts established the fund for its construction. Due to the unfavorable political situation and then various other misfortunes that have befallen the Sibenik (plague and fires), construction of a new cathedral began only three decades later, laying the foundation stone 1431st year. The cathedral was completed in the 1536th Mr and 1555.g. consecrated by Bishop John Lucy tafili. After a thorough renovation in the 19th century cathedral was re-dedicated to the 1860th