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Korcula (en italien Curzola) a t fonde par les Grecs au IVe sicle av. J.-C. (Corcyra Melaina). La forteresse de la ville, ce joyau construit avec des pierres provenant de l'le voisine, Vrnik, a pris sa forme actuelle aux XIVe et XVe sicles. Les oeuvres d'artistes illustres de la culture croate, comme Marko Andrijic', Blaz Jurjev Trogiranin, Ivan Progonovic', voisinent avec celles du Tintoret, de Tiziano Aspetti, de Leandro Bassano et d'autres encore. Avec les collections d'objets d'arts, elles ornent la ville. Ce fut un parcours historique long et passionnant, qui conduisit jusqu' aujourd'hui, Korcula, la ville et l'le de la mer Adriatique (Wikipedia)

Korcula is an ancient fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korc(ula, population 3,232 (2001), geographically located at 4257?N, 1707?E.

The walled old city, with streets arranged in a herringbone pattern allowing free circulation of air but protecting against strong winds, 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. All of Korc(ula's narrow streets are stepped with the notable exception of the street running alongside the southeastern wall, called the Street of Thoughts as one did not have to worry about the steps. The town includes several interesting historic sights: the central Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Mark (built from 1301 to 1806), the 15th-century Franciscan monastery with its beautiful Venetian Gothic cloister, the civic council chambers, the palace of the former Venetian governors, grand 15th and 16th century palaces of the local merchant nobles, and the massive city fortifications. (Wikipedia)

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