korčula

Korčula is a historic fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korčula

The old city is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds. The town's historic sites include the central Gothic and Renaissance Cathedral of St Mark, the Town Hall and the massive city fortifications. The 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a beautiful cloister is situated on the islet of Badija, near Korčula Town.

cultural heritage

St. Mark's Cathedral
The Town Museum
St.Peter's Church
St. Anthony's Hill

The town museum

is located in the Gabrielis Palace, which is an outstanding example of 15th and 16th c. residential architecture in the centre of the old town.
The exhibits evoke the cultural and commercial milestones of Korčula from prehistory to the present. The collections explain traditional crafts; in particular, stonemasonry and shipbuilding which were of essential importance to Korcula. Among the most valuable exhibits are the bronze pendant of Tiziano Aspetti and an 1819 piano played by Beethoven's close friend, Edith Streicher.
Household objects help to explain everyday life. The old kitchen in the attic makes for a memorable experience. Korcula's developing urban identity is exemplified by a number of exhibits: a facsimile of a page from the Statute of the City and the Island of Korčula from 1214, artistic imagery of the city, the city standard, stamps, stone inscriptions, documents and coats of arms.

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St. Mark's cathedral

is the most attractive Gothic and Renaissance building in the old town of Korčula.
It was built by local stonemasons in the 14th, 15th and 16th c. with the support of Italian masters. The most famous local stonemason was Marko Andrijić whose masterpieces are the upper part of the campanile and the ciborium above the high altar in the central nave, dedicated to St. Mark, the patron saint of Korčula.
The Gothic and Romanesque main portal was built by the Italian master, Bonino da Milano.
The southern lateral nave is dedicated to St. James, while the northern one is to St. John, with the adjacent St. Rocco chapel.
The altars are adorned with paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto and some other Italian masters.
Notable Croatian sculptors: Frano Čučić, Ivan Meštrović, Ivan Kerdić, Frano Kršinić, Alojzije Lozica and Izvor Oreb. Cathedral location

St. Michael's Church

is situated on Antun and Stjepan Radić Square, facing the Town Hall.

It is documented at the beginning of the 15th c. and came under the patronage of the Fraternity of the Virgin of Consolation, founded in 1603.

During the 17th and 18th c., the church acquired its baroque appearence and the chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Consolation was added at the end of the 19th c.

The high altar from the 18th c. has a painting by Domenico Maggiotto, depicting the Virgin of Consolation.




Church location

St. Anthony's hill

is half an hour's walk from the centre of Korčula, towards Lumbarda. As well as of religious interest, it is also a protected area of natural beauty. There are 102 steps to the top, bordered by a cypress alley planted in 1708. The summit is crowned by a small 14th c. church dedicated to St. Anthony the Abbot.
During Bishop Španić's time, at the end of the 17th c., the church was renovated and was dedicated to St. Anthony of Padova. On the wall of the small neighbouring house, there are reliefs of St. Anthony who is celebrated on 13th June. The hilltop affords a beautiful view of the Korčulan archipelago Hill location

places you should visit

Birthplace of Marco Polo
Marco Polo's House
All Saint's Church
All Saint's Church
Abbey Treausury
Abbey Treasury
Revelin Tower
Revelin Tower

virtual tour

Tower of All Saints

Revelin Tower

The Memorial Square

Saint Anthony Church

Dominican Monastery

Saint Mark's Cathedral

Town Hall Atrium

Maksimilijan Vanka Gallery

Saint Mark's Square

our Tips

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You should visit Tower of Marco Polo house, Collection of icons and Island Badija too

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