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    Adam and Eve

    by JLBG Updated Dec 8, 2009

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    The human figures that hold the lions are Eve, on the left and Adam on the right. They are naked, which makes sense but on most if not all religious representations of Adam and Eve, their private parts are more or less hidden. Not so here! Not only is it a full frontal representation that does not hide anything of their anatomy but the way they are sitting down on one’s heels and above a hole arises the question: what are they doing besides holding the corbel! The answer seemed pretty obvious to me but I cannot write it here!

    They were carved by Master Bonino da Malino, a famous sculptor from Milan, that made also carvings for the cathedral of Šibenik.

    Photo 1. Eve.

    Photo 2. Adam

    I have received from Larry the following comment that I paste here:
    travelgourmet Mon Dec 7, 2009 20:14 CET
    Jean-Louis, Adam and Eve have constipated looks on their faces. Maybe they represent locations for the restrooms. lol.
    Thank you Larry for your commitment to the subject! You might have solved the mystery!

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    Velika kneževa kula

    by JLBG Updated Nov 24, 2009

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    The city wall was mostly built in the XIVth and partly put down in 1875. It has eight remaining defense towers. Most are standing, one has only the basement left. To make things more complicated, most of them have several names. Depending on what document you read, you might feel they are different while this is the same. Some documents have not been thoroughly checked and mention the same tower several times, under different names. I have tried to make it clear but if I am mistaking, feel free to correct me.

    From west, clockwise :
    Velika kneževa Kula,
    Mala kneževa Kula,
    Kula Morska Vrata,
    Kula Kanalević or Balbi Tower
    Kula Zakerjan or Bokar Tower or Barbarigo tower or St Barbara tower.
    Kula Svih Svetih (basement) or Capello tower,
    Mali Revlin,
    Veliki Revlin.

    Photo 1. Massive Velika kneževa kula (Large Knight’s Tower) is the most impressive of the towers of Korcula city wall. It stands at the end of Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana. In the back ground Mala kneževa kula (Small Knight’s Tower)

    Photo 2. Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana (Franje Tudjman Avenue) with Velika kneževa kula in the background. The photo was taken in front of Hotel Korčula.

    Photo 3. A 1990 photo of what is now named Obala dr. Franje Tuđmana, with Kula Kanalević on the left (see following tip), Kula Morska Vrata in the middle (not easy to identify) and on top St Mark Cathedral.

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    Angel or Saint ?

    by JLBG Updated Nov 21, 2009

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    This amazing statue stands on top a dome covering a towerclock. I wonder if it is an angel as it seems to be half naked and wears wings (the light was not very good) or if it is a saint as it wears an aureola. Unless it is not aureola but some kind of antenna! Who knows !?

    Photo 3 is a general view of the dome with the old town.

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    Bishop’s palace

    by JLBG Written Nov 21, 2009

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    Bishop���s palace (on the right)

    Bishop’s palace stands immediately right to the Cathedral. It is a Renaissance building, built in the XVIIth. It has a balcony across its whole front. It is considered to be the longest balcony in the country. It has been the Palace for the bishop of Korcula when there was a bishop in Korcula. It is now a museum.

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    Unidentified Saint

    by JLBG Updated Nov 21, 2009

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    Unidentified Saint

    This photo was taken in the very close neighborhood of Katedrala Sv Marka but is NOT on the front of Katedrala Sv Marka. That must have seemed so obvious to me that I did not write down anything about it. Help, please!

    Kokoryko suggests St Roch (pilgrin's bourdon, leaning head).

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    Venice Lions ?

    by JLBG Updated Nov 21, 2009

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    Photo 1. On top of each of the knotted columns, stands a leaning lion, roaring. Each of them has under its paws a lamb that seems to be alive. A human figure holds the corbel with the lion (see next tip). At first, I felt that they were the usual Venice lions. However, Venice lions are winged and moreover, usually feed on books, not on lambs! Hence, I wonder if these are Venice lions!

    Photo 2 shows the lion on the right of the entrance.

    Photo 3 shows again the lion on the right of the entrance but this front photo shows better the lamb.

    Photo 4 is another front photo that shows the lamb on the left.

    Photo 5. I have made an enlargement on both lambs. They do not seem to be pleased by their position!

    That arises the question: “why Venice lions are winged?” I have searched clues and found an answer that links them somehow and unexpectedly with Korčula! The oldest winged lion has been found in Tarsus, in Cilicia (Turkey) and was dedicated to Sandon, the pagan god that protected the city. It was built at the end of the Ivth AD. Cilicia is along the silk route, that followed the most famous citizen of Korčula, Marco Polo. It is very likely that some Venetian trader on the silk route (why not Marco Polo himself?) brought back to Venice a statue of that very special winged lion which became soon the Venice lion. The first documented (written) mention of the Venice winged lion dates from 1293. That lion is very special not only because it is winged but also because it is partly a lion and partly a griffon. It’s face is more human than the face of an actual lion.

    The face from Korčula’s lions sticks to that pattern but they are not winged. Then, what? It is very likely that they are Venice lions (Saint Marc lions!) but nevertheless, I would be happy to know why they are so different from the usual pattern of Venice lions.

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    Main entrance into Katedrala Sv Marka

    by JLBG Updated Nov 21, 2009

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    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.

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    The old town and Punta Jurana

    by JLBG Updated Nov 21, 2009

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    The old town of Korčula
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    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.

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    Right entrance into Katedrala Sv Marka

    by JLBG Updated Nov 20, 2009

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    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.

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    Crvka Svih Svetih

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    Crvka Svih Svetih

    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.

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    Crvka Gospojina

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    Crvka Gospojina

    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.

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    Flag column

    by JLBG Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    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.

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    Kuća Marka Pola Trg prd Sv Petrom

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    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

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    Crvka Sv Petra

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    Crvka Sv Petra

    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.

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    Palača Ismaeli and Gradski muzej

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    Palača Ismaeli and Gradski muzej
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    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.

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