Kor?ula

 

The town of Kor?ula developed on a peninsula in the north-east part of the island of Kor?ula, opposite the Pelješac peninsula. Kor?ula is considered to be the most beautiful medieval planned town in Croatia. A catamaran line connects Kor?ula 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 Kor?ula with Orebi? but the ferry docks in the port Domin?e, located 2 km away from the town.

 

 

VideoThe 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 Kor?ula’s port on a daily basis. Kor?ula 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 Kor?ula. 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 Kor?ula’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 Kor?ula Frano Kršini?.

You can find out more about the history of Kor?ula at the Kor?ula 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 Kor?ula in 1254. It is certain that Marco Polo as the captain of a ship took part in the 1298 naval battle near Kor?ula fought between Venice (under whose rule Kor?ula 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 Kor?ula once a year, at the beginning of September.

 


text: www.mediteraneo.hr

Kor?ula

Moreška

 

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Moreska is a romantic war dance with swords that spread originally from the Mediterranean countries in the 12th and 13th centuries. It is supposed that Moreška first came to Kor?ula from Spain in the 16th century across the South Italy and Dubrovnik. Later, through centuries, Moreška disappeared from the Mediterranean and today the traces are discerned only in some parts, while it is still deeply rooted in Kor?ula, where its today’s pattern of an attractive war dance with real swords is unique in the whole world.

 


Text: www.moreska.hr