Korkula- An idyllic place on Dalmatian Coast

Everything about Korkula

It’s easy to see why the explorer Marco Polo would have been drawn back* his native town Korcula (assuming, that is, that it really was his native torn,, matter of some debate). There is no doubting the beauty of the place, a mosm of terracotta rooftops encircled by medieval walls and punctuated by churtk I spires, jutting out into the cobalt blue of the Adriatic with the majestic Peljeo I mountains as a backdrop. Evidence of former Venetian rule abounds, fromfe ‘ proud Venetian lions adorning its buildings to a cathedral dedicated to St Mark. It is a treasury in the south of Dalmatian Coast.

Best sights in Korkula

Korkula City Walls

City walls of Korkula proved sturdy enough to see off an onslaught by the Ottoman  Turks in 1571. Today  large chunks of the  fortifications have been cleared to make way for a road, although sections of wall do remain, with cannons peering out over the PeljeSki Channel (below), and a sprinkling of bastions stilt stand guard.

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Korkula Town Hall

Town Hall – The 16th-century town hall sits just inside the Land Gate. Its smell loggia recalls Kortula Town’s Venetian heritage.

St Mark Cathedral

This cathedral,  completed in 15-th century is one of the most charming ecclesiatical buildings in the Adriatic area. The interior is a riot of Gothic and Rennaisance styles.

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Abbey Treasury

To the south of the cathedral stands the Abbey Treasury, with great works of art by Dubrovnik and Venetian artists, including masterpieces by Blaz Jurjev Trogiranin, Ivan Meètrovié, plus Bassano and Carpaccio.

Korkula Beaches

East of the town lie a series of small beaches that make pleasant spots to swim on hot days. A short bus-ride (or in season, boat-ride) away are better beaches at Lumbarda.

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Marco Polo House

Allegedly the great  explorer’s birthplace, this   house has development plans to make it a museum , qj devoted to life in Korcula  in the time of Marco  Polo. Its tower offers views  of Korkula Town rooftops.

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Korkula Town Musem

In the main square opposite the cathedral is a small civic museum, housed in the striking 16th-century Gabriellis Palace. Among a number of interesting exhibits here is a copy of a 4th- century Greek tablet.

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