Panoramic view across the picturesque town of Korcula (Dubrovnik-Neretva County), Croatia
Contributor:DE ROCKER / Alamy Stock Photo
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Dimensions:5760 x 3840 px | 48.8 x 32.5 cm | 19.2 x 12.8 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:14 July 2020
Location:Korcula, Dubrovnik-Neretva County, Croatia, Europe
Korcula (Italian: Curzola) is a historic fortified town on the protected east coast of the island of Korcula, in Croatia, in the Adriatic. The City of Korcula has a total population of 5,634. The town's historic sites include the central Romanesque-Gothic Cathedral of St Mark (built from 1301 to 1806), the 15th-century Franciscan monastery with a 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. Cursola, as it was called in Latin, became an episcopal see in the early 14th century, when the bishop of Ston (Stagnum in Latin) asked to be authorized to transfer his seat there because of Serb pressure on Ston. This was granted and he was made bishop also of a new diocese of Cursola united with his previous one. In 1541, the Ragusans asked for the separation of ecclesiastical jurisdiction over Ston, which they had conquered, from Cursola, which in the previous century had become a Venetian possession. In 1828, when both the Korcula and Ragusa (Dubrovnik) belonged to the Austrian Empire, the territory of the diocese of Cursola was made part of that of Dubrovnik. No longer a residential bishopric, Cursola is today listed by the Catholic Church as a titular see.