Korcula Town Tourist Attractions
Located at the northeastern tip of Korcula Island, the town of Korcula faces out over the channel (Pelieski Kanal) towards the mountains that line the Peljesac Peninsula. Behind the town are green pine covered hills that make up most of Korcula Island. Dating to the 15th Century, Korcula is a fortified town with defense walls and towers around the old town. Most of the major attractions lie within the old town, where the buildings are tightly packed and topped with red roofs but most of the accommodation is in a more modern section a short distance from the town center. The new section of town is also where most merchants and artisans have set up shop.
Korcula - Cathedral of St Mark
One of the main attractions in the town of Korcula is the 15th Century, Gothic Renaissance, Cathedral of St Mark (Katedrala Svetog Marka). The beautiful cathedral, on Korcula's main square has a Romanesque portal created by Bonino of Milano, with carvings of Adam and Eve on either side and on top is a statue of St Mark.Some of the greatest treasures of St Mark's Cathedral are found inside. The Renaissance ciborium above the altar was done by Marko Andrijic. The remains of St Theodore are held within the cathedral. Above the main alter is a 16th Century painting by Tintoretto, and in the southern nave the "Annunciation" by the same artist. Also of interest are some sculptures in the baptistery, including pieces by Ivan Mestrovic.Next door to St Mark's Cathedral is the Abbey Treasury of St Mark in the Abbey Palace, which contains a collection of art, jewelry, furniture, and archives.
Korcula - Icon Gallery
The Icon Gallery (Galerija Ikona) contains a unique collection of 13th to 15th Century Byzantine Icons and 17th and 18th Century ceremonial pieces. The Byzantine icons are paintings on wood or gold. The collection is primarily from the 17th and 18th Century Korcula sailors, for which the town is so well known, who acquired the pieces on their journeys, especially to Crete.The Icon Gallery is in the quarters of the brotherhood, not far from the All Saints Church (Svi Sveti) which belongs to the All Saints Brotherhood, the oldest brotherhood on the island of Korcula. The Baroque style church dates to the early 1300s.
Korcula - Land Gate
Korcula's Land Gate (Kopena Vrata) is near the main ferry port. The Land Gate is the main entrance to the old city center. This 15th Century Veliki Revelin Tower, as it is also known, is an arch that sits at the top of a long flight of stairs leading up from the waterfront. There was once a drawbridge here but it was replaced by the stairs, as a matter of practicality, after the threat of invasion subsided. Above the arch on the gate is a plaque with the Lion of St Mark, the symbol of Venice. There are still some sections of the town wall which lie to the west of the Land Gate.
Korcula Town Museum
The Town Museum (Gradski Muzej) in Korcula traces the long and varied history of the town. An archeological display presents prehistoric artifacts and the Greek occupation of the island is discussed and includes a tablet noting their presents in the 3rd Century BC. There is also a section on sculptures and stone carving. Korcula's famous history as it relates to ships and shipbuilding is also presented. In addition to this there are also small collections of textiles, furniture, paintings, and other art collection.The Town Museum is housed in the 16th Century Renaissance Gabrielis Palace, across from the Cathedral on the main square in Korcula.