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Culture of Korcula Island. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

People have inhabited Korcula back in prehistoric times. The proof of this is the cave Vela Spila, located near the town of Vela Luka. The archaeologists have discovered numerous finds of the Mesolithic and Neolithic times inside the cave – ancient weapons, stone tools, unique horse sculptures, animal and human bones. All these findings are exhibited in the archaeological museum, located in the center of Vela Luka. In the city itself, you can find examples of architecture from different historical eras. Nearby, in Gradina Bay, is the church of St. John, built in the 15th century. In Vela Luka, there is one of the oldest religious buildings on the island – St. Mark's Cathedral. It was built, presumably, in the 14th century.
For many years, Korcula Island has been under the rule of various states. A large number of historical and architectural monuments of different epochs starting back from the Neolithic period … Open
The capital of the island – Korcula is not less interesting to a traveler. This medieval city is included in the list of European monuments of history and architecture. Unfortunately, the city wall was dismantled in the 18th century for being unnecessary but eight powerful towers still stand in their places. In one of them, by the way, there is an entrance to the territory of the Old Town, the most interesting part of this ancient settlement from a historical point of view. Here, in the Cathedral Square, is the Cathedral of St. Mark, the Bishop's Palace, in which you can see the treasury, and the 15th-16th centuries Gabrielis.
In the latter, the Korcula City Museum functions. In the exposition of the museum, you can see the collections that tell about the culture and history of the island from the time of the settling to our days. Unfortunately, not everything is available for tourists to see: because of the small size of the halls, some of the artifacts are stored in the storerooms. However, you can still see the 4th century BC "pessimism from the Lumbarda", a clay tablet recognized as the oldest written document found on the territory of Croatia. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
The cuisine of the Adriatic coast was influenced by neighboring Italy and France slightly larger than the cuisine of central Croatia. In Korcula, you can easily order the usual Croatian meat … Open
In the center of the city there is also the house of the great traveler Marco Polo. Many believe that this famous person not only lived on Korcula but was born here in 1254. Nobody knows, whether it’s true or not but there is a small museum in the house, in which Polo once lived. The basis of the exposition consists of the things that belonged to the traveler. You can see in Korcula the Church of All Saints, built in 1306. Unfortunately, its true appearance has not been preserved up to the present time because of a large number of later reconstructions. You can see a vast collection of ancient icons in this church.
Approaching Korcula. It is worth to stroll through the narrow streets of the Old Town of Korcula. Here you can see the fragments of the Medieval architectural solutions, and the Renaissance buildings, and the creations of the architects of the New Time. The city was ruled by both the Slavic princes, and Venice, and Hungary, and Genoa, and Italy, which could not but affect the diversity of cultural heritage, street planning, and the decoration of the churches. It is here, by the way, where there is a large collection of all kinds of art monuments, including replicas of paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, made almost immediately after they were painted.
The culture of Croatia absorbed many customs and traditions of the neighboring peoples. Take, for example, the tender love of the local residents for coffee and chocolate, which appeared due … Open
Take a stroll through the streets of Lumbarda. The city was founded in the 3rd century BC. Not far from the city, the remains of a Roman villa have been preserved. Here you can also see the beautiful parish church of Sveti Rok and the Church of the Holy Cross, built in the 18th century. There are three medieval chapels in the city: Saint Bartul, St. Peter, The Nativity of the Virgin. The fans of history should go to the island of Badia. This is the place where the Franciscan monastery was built more than half a century ago. The building is well preserved and is now used as a hotel.
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Public palaces near Korcula Island
♥   Palace 'Diocletian’s Palace' , 75.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Korcula Island
♥   Katedrala sv. Marka, Makarska, 40.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Konkatedrala sv. Petar Apostola, Split, 75.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala Sv. Dujma, Split, 75.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Katedrala sv. Lovre, Trogir, 85.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Iconic cultural sights of Croatia

Split is one of the oldest cities in Croatia, so travelers can not only visit the most amazing museums, but also get acquainted with architectural monuments. One of the main attractions of the city is the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian, built in the 3rd century. The palace occupies an area of ​​about 3 hectares. The temple of Jupiter, several ceremonial halls, and a mausoleum survived to these days. Buildings were constructed of brick and faced with white marble. The facade was decorated with sphinxes, which were specially brought from Egypt. The ruins of the ancient city of Salon, founded in the 4th century BC, are in the suburbs of Split. In the Museum of Croatian archaeological monuments you can see a huge number of exhibits that date back to ancient times, including sculptures, whose age is more than ten centuries. … Open
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Korcula Island

Culture guide to Korcula Island. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Korcula Island: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Korcula Island. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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