Korcula’s St Mark’s Cathedral

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Regal lions at main doorway

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Intricate decorations

St Mark’s Cathedral (Katedrala Sv. Marka) on Korcula

As I mentioned in the previous post about sights in Korcula Old Town, the cathedral has some interesting points. It’s on the top main street of Old Town roughly in the middle on St. Mark’s Square.

It’s not actually a cathedral any more as in the 19th century the Hapsburgs decided to decentralize ecclesiastical power in their empire and so they removed Korcula’s bishop. It’s a pity, as Korcula became a bishopric in the 14th century and had a series of 36 bishops—that’s quite a history!

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Adam

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Eve

figureThe main door has an elaborately decorated tympanum, on which is a Venetian statue of St. Mark, flanked by Adam and Eve—in rather suggestive poses, which are funny, but don’t seem particularly “religious” to us! (see pics above).

Inside is quiet and peaceful. Above the main altar is an original painting by Tintoretto—quite a scoop for a small island I’d say!

Entrance is free, except in August (then it’s 4 kuna).

Open daily at different hours, depending on season, so check first.

But, even just looking from the outside is worth it. inside

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About viviennemackie

Avid traveler, travel writer and photographer. In an earlier life I was a psychologist, but now am an ESL teacher. Very interested in multiculturalism, and how travel can expand one's horizons, understanding and tolerance.
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