Korcula

The island of Korcula in Croatia  is surrounded by crystal clear sea and its indented coastline abounds with smaller and bigger coves with hidden or more visited beaches.

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 Korcula Town.

Most Important sites in Korcula

St. Mark's cathedral

is the most  attractive Gothic and Renaissance building in the old town of Korcula. It was built by local stonemasons in the 14th, 15th and 16th c. with the support of Italian masters. 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.

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 Korcula 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 Korcula from 1214, artistic imagery of the city, the city standard, stamps, stone inscriptions, documents and coats of arms.

St. Michael's Church

is situated on Antun and Stjepan Radic 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.

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