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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 (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 (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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    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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    Balconies

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    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.

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    Side alleys

    by JLBG Updated Nov 15, 2009

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    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.

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    Katedrala Sv Marka

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    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.

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    Carved games

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    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.

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    Gradska vijeċnica

    by JLBG Written Nov 15, 2009

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    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.

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