Photo 1. The main entrance into St Marc Cathedral is delicately framed by a pair of twisted columns and by a pair of thin knotted columns.
Photo 2. On top of the door, the statue of Saint Marc holding a book in his left hand and blessing the crowd with his right hand.
Photo 3 and 4 were taken in 1990 while photos 1 and 2 were taken in 2009.
Photo 1. In the middle of the photo, the old town with the cathedral. Pelješac peninsula is in the background, on the other side of the sea. On the right, the small bay with a quay is Punta Jurana.
Photo 2. Punta Jurana is the part of Korčula between Plokata and Borak. It is where is the marina, both for local small boats and for small yachts.
The ferries to Drvenik (the continent), to Hvar (Hvar island) and to Vela Luka (western tip of Korčula island) depart from the pier in the background.
Photo 1 shows the right entrance, topped by a Romanesque looking archway.
Photo 2 (1990) and 3 (2009) show in the middle of the archway a bearded man with a curled hair, standing with a scepter in his left hand. His right hand has a very long second finger. That should be a king. I have not found any clue about his name. The only one that seems likely is King Tomislav.
It might also be Sv Roko (Saint Roch) showing the wound on his thigh, but then, why the scepter and his dog would be missing. I will search more information.
Photo 3. Above the supposedly king stands a Madonna with child.
Crvka Svih Svetih (Church of All Saints) stands on Trg Svih Svetih, in the south-east part of the old town. It was built at the beginning of the Xvth.
It was closed and I have been unable to visit. There seems to be valuable paintings and carvings. I will report about it when I will have visited it.
Crvka Gospojina (Church of Our Lady) stands on the western side of the Pjaceta. It was built in 1483 in Renaissance style. It was the chapel for the families Gabrielis and Ismaelis that had their palace a little further on the pjaceta.
Korčula has several decorative pillars or flag columns built by wealthy families of the town. The one on the Pjaceta, in front of the Cathedral bears the arms of two families.
Photo 1. Under the date of 1505, the arms, in bad condition show a bird with its wings wide open.
Photo 2. These arms show a double headed crowned peacock.
Photo 1. Kuća Marka Pola (Marco Polo’s house) can be seen from Trg prd Sv Petrom, left to the church. The entrance is next street, Ulica Depolo but it cannot be visited anymore (since 2004) since it is in bad condition and dangerous. Actually, it is said to be Marco Polo’s family house and birth place but this is far from sure.
Photo 2. The tower of Kuća Marka Pola
Photo 3. Gothic windows in Kuća Marka Pola
Crvka Sv Petra (Saint Peter Church) stands on Trg prd Sv Petrom (Saint Peter Square), on the left side of the Cathedral. It is a very small Gothic church, almost a chapel, built in the XIVth. Its front is almost bare with only the blessing bust of St Peter, a tiny little rose-window, almost a bull’s eye. And on top a small bell.
Photo 1. In front of the Cathedral, on the pjaceta, Palača Ismaeli (Ismaeli palace). It was built in the XVIth in Renaissance style and was owned by a wealthy family of Korcula. Since 1957, it hosts Gradski Muzej (town museum).
Photo 2. On the right to the previous house, a separate building is also used by the museum.
When you wander in the streets of the old town, always look up. There are sometimes amazing balconies.
Photo 1. The balcony is gone but there remain the holders. This one is adorned with a naked man blowing the flute while his private parts are hanging.
Photo 2. Another one is holding the balcony in the same way but focus on his job, not playing the flute.
Photo 3. In the main street, a series of balcony holders. In the background, the cathedral.
Seen from above, the old town of Korčula looks like a sole: the main street that runs from north to south figures the backbone. On both sides, narrow alleys figure the bones These alleys are all very narrow, which in summer prevent the sun from hitting directly and in windy days prevent the wind from blowing too hard. Each of them is different. Here are a selection of some of them.
Photo 1. in this one, a bridge has been built between two houses and it seems to be a dead end with a private terrace.
Photo 2. This one has stairs and another style of bridge between two houses.
Photo 3. This one is neat with flower pots and benches to sit down.
Photo 4. Another one with stairs. It is a bit wider, which allows to set the tables of a restaurant.
Photo 5. In this one, not only is there a restaurant but also a huge rubber plant (ficus elastica), which shows that ne climate is mild enough to allow it outside.
Katedrala Sv Marka (Saint Marc Cathedral) stands on the Piaceta, the main square of Korčula. It was built in the XVth Gothic-Renaissance style and replaced a previous cathedral built in the XIIIth.
Photo 1. It is impossible to get a good photo of the whole front of the cathedral as there is very little room. On this picture, I have pasted together two photos.
Photo 2 shows the front of the cathedral from the side.
Photo 3 shows the three entrances into the cathedral.
On the stone bench around the Town Hall, are carved several copies of the same game. It is made of a square divided into 16 smaller squares. Some of the diagonals have been carved too: those starting from the angles of the larger square and those that connect the middle of each face. I had seen the same in Hvar but I have not found for what game it is used.
Photo 1. Gradska vijeċnica is the ancient Town Hall. The ground floor has arcades from 1525. The first floor was added in 1866. The photo shows the outside. In the background of the photo, the entrance into an inner yard (next photo)
Photo 2. In a corner of the Town Hall, a door leads to an inner yard.
Photo 3. The photo shows the inside of the Town Hall with on the left a stone table (see next photo)
Photo 4. Close up on the stone table.
Photo 5. Fragment of a half broken winged Venice lion holding a book.
Photo 1. Crvka Sv Mihovila (Saint Michael church) stands on the right side of Trg Antuna i Stjepana Radića. It was built in 1408 and restored in 1615. On the right of the photo, a fluted column, better seen on photo 2.
Photo 2. The pillar was erected in 1569 as a decoration (same but smaller than in Venice) and was also used as a flagpole.
Photo 3. On the wall a slab was recently carved (2001) to remind the memory of Franjo Tuđman (1922-1999), the first president of modern Croatia.