Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Visiting Korcula [Part 2/3]: Inside the Old Town

In this second part of the Korcula travel series, we visit the old town of Korcula, which is actually the heart of the whole city.  The old town is surrounded by walls, and the streets are arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds. Many restaurants are located on the outer parts of the walls, and many old churches, museums and houses are situated inside the walls. Let's take a stroll inside the old town of Korcula...

This is a multi-part series. Other parts include:
Part One: Travel to the Island
Part Two: Inside the Old Town of Korcula
Part Three: Sunset Cruise around the Island

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Korcula is tightly built on a promontory that guards the narrow sound between the island and the mainland. Building outside the walls was forbidden until the 18th century, and the wooden drawbridge was only replaced in 1863.


This is the main entrance into the old part of the town that is guarded by the walls.


In this next image, you can see the walls a bit better.


In the middle of the old town you will find the oldest church on this island. It's the St. Marco Cathedral. It is built in Gothic-Renaissance style, and was completed in the 15th century at the place of another church from 13th century that was there before. The cathedral was built by local masters and craftsman of stone masonry, very well known in the  renaissance and baroque periods.


Upper part of the entrance to the Cathedral.



In this next image you can see the Kula Zakerjan (Zakerjan tower), which is also named the Berim Tower. It stands on the north of Korcula Town. The tower was built between 1481 and 1483 under rule of Giovanni Mocenigo who was doge of Venice from 1478 to 1485. 
The Zakerjan tower is shaped like half-cylinder and has similar crenellation - the distinctive pattern that framed the top of the walls of this medieval tower. On the North side of the tower, facing Peljesac Channel, there is Venetian coat of Arms of Governor Viaro and Doge Mocenigo. On the South side, facing Korcula Town , above the arch, there is Tiepolo Coat of Arms.


All of Korcula's narrow streets are stepped with the notable exception of the street running alongside the southeastern wall. The street is called the Street of Thoughts as one did not have to worry about the steps.



The inner streets of the town offer up many alleys and corners that can be explored. I was especially delighted to shoot these images during sunset, which gave me a great light.



The outer walls reveal the sights of the rest of the city, which mainly consists of hotels and residential buildings.




At night the city transforms again, as the warm lights send everything into a calm mood. There is lots of activity at night in Korcula, and you can spend a good part of it in cafes, restaurants, bays, the local street market and various other places.


End of Part Two
To be continued...

Thanks again for stopping by. I hope you liked these images.
In the final part I will take you out on a sunset cruise around the island, where there will me many glorious sights of nature, sea and the island.
Here is a small preview:


32 comments:

  1. Wondrous place, beautifully captured!

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  2. the sun on the buildings is so pretty and all of this is so foreign and exotic to me, it just amazes me. those stepped streets i just love.

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    1. There will be more of the sunset glow on the buildings in the final part on Friday.

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  3. wonderful old textured walls and narrow streets. the semi-circle tower is unique.

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  4. HI Mersad the lighting in all these photographs is amazing. love the tiny streets, the buildings, then down to the water, i would love to roam around that place. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. There is even more to see, I started to run out of sunset light, and we were also looking for a restaurant. :) Otherwise there would be even more.

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  5. Loved your images as usual Mersad! Especially the half cylinder building - never seen anything like it before.

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  6. Wow - very nice photos! I love all the old buildings. You captured them well.

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  7. Wonderful captures as always, Mersad! I, too, really like the half cylinder building and I've never seen anything like it before either! Those NARROW little streets are amazing!!

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  8. Tolle Aufnahmen die Lust auf Urlaub machen.

    Herzliche Abendgrüsse

    N☼va

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  9. The light has such a wonderful golden tones and that sky....fabulous. Looks a great place for a wander.

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  10. This was an enjoyable visit to Korkula. I visited it just about one year ago, as part of a cruise from Venice, along the Croatian coast, then around Greece before ending in Athens. I thought Korkula was charming. I recognize many places in your photograph. It is fun comparing your images with mine.

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    1. That is the impression most visitors get. I have been here a couple of times, and it always charms me again.

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  11. that half-tower is interesting! i love the shots looking down the roads/alleyways. it's all so beautiful!

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    1. Glad you liked them Tanya.

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  12. That's a beautiful place! I rather like the narrow walkways. Nice stonework, too.

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  13. Bila, vidjela. Dopada mi se izolovanost Korcule, cistoca vode, istorija...

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    1. To su zaista atributi Korcule, zbog kojih je valja posjetiti.

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  14. Perfect light in these images and you have captured the details of the buildings very well.

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  15. What a gorgeous town. I love the stone buildings...so much charm and character. The steps on the streets are really neat too.

    Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful photos Mersad, this is the only way I would ever get to see something like this.

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    1. Thank you for visiting Felicia. Glad you enjoyed them and that you got to travel a bit from your chair.

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  16. What an interesting place this must have been to explore, you took some remarkable pictures while on your visit there!

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  17. You have done a wonderful job. The last shot at night is a beauty.

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  18. Enjoyed seeing these scenes again, Mersad. Someone in our photo collection I have one of us walking up the steps to the old town entrance. Happy days.

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    1. If you have any Korcula images on your blog, please give me the link. Would love to see yours.

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  19. Sehr schöne Stadt und tolle Fotos. LG

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  20. So fascinating and so beautiful. The details of these buildings are just amazing. You really captured this place in a stunner way. I enjoyed seeing all your photos.

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    1. Thanks Ida for visiting, I know you are very busy right now.

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  21. the light is amazing
    great shots, as usual
    Ciao
    Ste

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  22. Your photography is just stunning! The place is magical. It looks like it is so rich in history and tradition, and that maybe books have been written about it! Wonderful! That cathedral is incredible!

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