Gabrielis Palace

The town museum is located in Gabrielis Palace, which is an outstanding example of 15th and 16th c. residential architecture in the centre of the old town. The exhibits evoke the cultural and commercial milestones of Korčula from prehistory to the present. The collections explain traditional crafts; in particular, stonemasonry and shipbuilding which were of essential importance to Korcula. Among the most valuable exhibits are the bronze pendant of Tiziano Aspetti and an 1819 piano played by Beethoven's close friend, Edith Streicher. Household objects help to explain everyday life. The old kitchen in the attic makes for a memorable experience


Korčula’s developing urban identity is exemplified by a number of exhibits: a facsimile of a page from the Statute of the Town and the Island Korčula from 1214, artistic imagery of the town, the town standard, stamps, stone inscriptions, documents and coats of arms.



St. Mark's Cathedral is the most attractive Gothic and Renaissance building in the old town of Korčula. It was built by local stonemasons in the 14th, 15th and 16th c. with the support of Italian masters. The most famous local stonemason was Marko Andrijić whose masterpieces are in the upper part of the bell-tower and the ciborium above the high altar in the central nave, dedicated to St. Mark, the patron saint of Korčula. The Gothic and Romanesque main portal was built by the Italian master, Bonino da Milano. The southern lateral nave is dedicated to St. James, while the northern one is to St. John, with the adjacent St. Rocco chapel.

The altars are adorned with paintings by Jacopo Tintoretto and some other Italian masters. Notable Croatian sculptors: Frano Čučić, Ivan Meštrović, Ivan Kerdić, Frano Kršinić, Alojzije Lozica and Izvor Oreb.



It is believed that the greatest traveller and explorer of all time, Marco Polo, was born in Korčula in 1254. On 07th September 1298, the great naval battle between the Genoese and the Venetian armadas took place in front of the town of Korčula. The Venetians were defeated and the Genoese imprisoned, among whom was Marco Polo, who was freed on payment of a large ransom in 1299. In a Genoese prison, Marco Polo dictated his experiences about his journey to China to Rustichelli. These journeys are described in the book “Il Milione”. Marko Polo died in Venice in 1324


Marco Polo tower Korčula
The family house of the Polos in Korčula has been preserved and the Depolo family remains the oldest Korčulan family.



Next to St. Mark’s Cathedral, there is a former bishop's court where the Abbey Treasury is now housed, established by Abbot Ivo Matijaca and the Croatian painter Ljubo Babić in 1954. The earlier bishop's court from the 14th and 15th centuries was reconstructed between 1860 and 1874. In this famous museum of religious art, there are many invaluable works by Venetian and Croatian artists. The most significant work is the polyptych "Our Lady With Child and Saints" from 1431 by the Dalmatian painter Blaž Jurjev Trogiranin, the most significant name in Dalmatian Gothic art. He resided in Korčula from 1431 until 1435 creating paintings for Korčula churches and teaching drawing and painting. In the wall cabinets, there are numerous documents and books which speak about Korčula’s and Croatia’s distant past.

The most notable is the Korčula Codex from 1214. The splendid Gothic two-part window “bifora” is turned towards the interior of the hall in order for the visitor to enjoy the style and technique. Coins minted for Korkyra Melaina from the 4th century B.C. are in the numismatic collection cabinet and are of special interest.



The Church (and Brotherhood) of All Saints was built at the beginning of the 15th century in place of an older church (10th c/13th c.) The oldest Korčula brotherhood of All Saints or the Brotherhood of Good Death was founded there in 1301. Icons from the Greek island of Crete are exhibited in the Icon Collection. Korčula galleys took part in the war between Venice and the Turks for the island of Crete (Candia wars). The war ended with the defeat of Venice and the general evacuation of the Venetian garrison, administration and priests from the island.


These valuable icons were brought to Korčula by the returning galleys.



The Revelin Tower from 1485 protects the area between the Arsenal and the Land Gate Tower. The Arsenal of 1572 was built at a time when the importance of Korčula for the Venetian Republic was growing. In the 18th century, Venice wintered its fleet in Korčula. Above the entrance to the Land Gate, there are two symbols marking Korčula's history: a bas-relief with the winged lion of St. Mark, a symbol of the reign of the Venetian Republic and a stone tablet commemorating the 1000th anniversary of the coronation of the first Croatian king, Tomislav.