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Architecture in Korcula

Architectural sights in Korcula:

Korcula Old Town

Riva - Korcula in 1960s

A medieval walled city positioned on an oval-shaped swelling of land pointing deep into Peljesac Channel. The city itself is grooved with a succession of narrow streets that branch off the spine of the main street like the fishbone. Fishbone shape was used in Korcula Old Town design to reduce the effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korcula architecture in the Old Town is mainly influenced by Venetian Renaissance…read more about Korcula Old Town

Town walls and Towers

Tower Kanavelic 1910s

The whole of the Korcula Old Town is surrounded by 14th century thick stone walls and towers, used at the time as a defense against passing-by enemies. On the North end of the Old Town is a tower called Barbarigo, built-in 1488 as well as Tiepolo tower, built at the end of the 15th century. On the Southside of the Korcula Old Town is the tower Balbi built in 1483 and Cappelo from 1493. These towers were part of the fortification of a total of 12 towers by which Korcula was surrounded in the middle ages. About Korcula town walls and towers: List of Korcula towers – includes Tower Zakerjan – also named Berim Tower or Kula Zakrjan, Tower Kanavelic – also named Bokar or Barbarigo Tower and Tower of All Saints – also named Kula Svih Svetih, Capello tower or Rampada:

Squares and Piazzas

Square: Trg Antuna i Stjepana Radica in Korcula, 1920s


Korcula has a lot of small churches and chapels dotted around Korcula Old Town. Some of them are easy to find, being located around the town’s main squares, while some are hidden along narrow streets and dead-end roads. There are also some fine churches outside the town walls such as church Sveta Justina, monastery and church on Badija and Sveti Nikola Church and monastery:


Atrium of Governors Palace Gradska vijecnica aka Korcula Town Hall

Once in the Korcula Old Town, you immediately recognize the Venetian architectural influence. The Old town, which huddles around the Cathedral of St Mark has various gothic, renaissance, and baroque palaces which used to belong to Korcula old aristocrats Arneri, Kapor, Boschi, Ismaeli, Gabrielis, Kanavelic, Spanic, Kapor.Opposite of the Cathedral Sv.Marko is the Arneri palace, built in the ornate Gothic style, with a nice renaissance/baroque cloister and the Gothic facade which faces western side street… read more about palaces in Korcula


Sveti NIkola Church viewed from a boat

Architectural Structures

Arches @ Trg Antuna i Stjepana Radica

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