The town of Korčula developed on a peninsula in the north-east part of the island of Korčula, opposite the Pelješac peninsula. Korčula is considered to be the most beautiful medieval planned town in Croatia. A catamaran line connects Korčula with Split and Dubrovnik and a coastal ferry service connects it with Rijeka, Split and Dubrovnik as well as with Bari in Italy during the summer season. A ferry line connects Korčula with Orebić but the ferry docks in the port Dominče, located 2 km away from the town.
Accommodation can be found in private apartments, campsites and hotels among which Marko Polo and the luxurious Lešić-Dimitri Palace stand out. Right next to the old part of the town there is a marina.
The old town is full of restaurants and small galleries and during the summer months it literally does not sleep because its narrow streets are swarmed by visitors. The town regularly hosts pop and classical music concerts. In the summer season excursion boats heading to the Mljet National Park leave Korčula’s port on a daily basis. Korčula also offers a sailing and surfboarding school.
The old part of the town is surrounded by medieval walls and its streets are organised in the shape of a herringbone. The town plan has been preserved up to today, which represents another uniqueness of the town of Korčula. The most beautiful examples of palaces and churches originate from the 15th and 16th century and were constructed in a gothic-renaissance style. St. Marko’s Cathedral is situated in the most prominent part of the town, at the top of the peninsula. Its construction was taking place from the beginning of the 15th century to mid- 16th century. It was built by local masters, whereas its portal is the work of master Bonino from Milan in Italy.
A big altar painting with representations of Korčula’s patron saints Marko, Jerolim and Bartul, mid-16th century work done by the famous Venetian painter Jacopo Tintoretto, stands out among the paintings inside the cathedral. In the cathedral’s baptistery a special place is taken by the bronze statue of the Christ done by the contemporary sculptor from Korčula Frano Kršinić.
You can find out more about the history of Korčula at the Korčula Town Museum, which is situated opposite the cathedral, as well as at the Abbot Collection found right beside the cathedral. Next to All Saints’ Church there is also a Museum of Icons made in the period from the 13th to the 19th century.
In the old town you can also visit the house of Marco Polo, who is believed to have been born in Korčula in 1254. It is certain that Marco Polo as the captain of a ship took part in the 1298 naval battle near Korčula fought between Venice (under whose rule Korčula was at the time) and Genoa. It was while the Genoese were holding him captive that he wrote about his travels to China in a Genoa prison. In remembrance of the event a reconstruction of the battle, called Marco Polo’s Battle, is held in Korčula once a year, at the beginning of September.
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