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  • Michele DePolo (deceased)
  • Frano Kršinić, Tindir (1897 - 1982)
    Frano Kršinić se rodio u djedovoj kući u zaseoku Žabnjak u Lumbardi na otoku Korčuli 24. VII. 1897. Prvo je dijete Marije Dračevac (1882.–1917.) i Roka zvanog Franje Tindir (1872.–1938.). Upoznaj...
  • Marco Emilio Polo (1254 - 1324)
    Marco Polo c. 1254 – January 8, 1324) was a merchant from the Venetian Republic whose travels are recorded in Il Milione, a book which did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and ...
  • Vinko Paletin (Fra Vincenzo de Curzola) (1508 - 1571)
    Vinko Paletin Vinko Paletin (Vicko, Vincenzo, Vincentius, Fra Vincenzo de Curzola, Corsulensis, Paletino), (Korčula, 1508. – Korčula, 1571. (nakon 1573.)), pomorski teoretičar, dominikanac, teolog, p...
  • Jakov Baničević (Jacobus de Banisius) (1466 - 1532)
    Zaštitnik i prijatelj Erazma i Dürera U plejadi starih hrvatskih uglednika posebno mjesto zauzima Jakov Baničević (Jacobus Banisius), ugledni diplomat i humanist koji je početkom 16. stoljeća »bio po...

Ovaj Projekt ukljucuje mjesta Lumbardu, Pupnat, Žrnovo, Raćisče

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Stanje duša 1801. godine

Obuhvaća Korčulu (1382 stanovnika), Pupnat (381), Račišće (350), Smokvicu (432), ukupno 2545 osoba. Dokument pripremio: Yann Bonguardo. preuzimite/download PDF 4Mb

Popis stanovništva 1811 (Korcula Census 1811)

The 1811 census was prepared during French occupation. It lists 1547 individuals with their name, age, marital status and occupation. The census is part of Archives at the town museum. The Census is divided in 3 parts: Old town (Curzola citta), suburbs (Borgo), Island of Vrnik(scoglio Petrara). preuzimite/download PDF 8Mb

The columns mean 1 - Korcula, 2 - Part of Korcula: old town, or suburbs (borgo) or Vrnik (scoglio petrara), 3 - Number of the family, 4 - Number of the ndividual, 5 - Last Name and first name. Always starts with the head of the family and gives relationship, such as “di lui moglie” = his wife or “loro figli” = their sons, 6 - Age in years, 7 - Occupation, for example “squerajolo” = worker in a shipyard, 8 - ?, 9 - ?, 10 - ?. Last 3 columns are a mystery

Korcula Island: Stato dell’ Anime 1789

Blato, Čara, Račišće, Pupnat, Smokvica --> preuzimite/download PDF 1Mb

Status Animarum 1788 - Korčula, Blato, Račišće, Lumbarda

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  • The columns mean (for Korcula town): 1) Family name (father or head) 2) Number of male adults 3) Number of female adults 4) Number of young men 5) Number of young women 6) Number of children 7) Number of individuals who are abroad (“Fuori”) 8) Total. The pages for Blato are more detailed, they also include: - Religious Communion and Confession - Servants (Servi, Serve) Lumbarda and Racisce are presented almost the same way. Surce: Mr. Yann Bonguardo
  • Rođeni i vjenčani u gradu Korčuli od 1583. do 1946., četiri knjige "Stanje duša" rođeni i vjenčani u Orebiću te korčulanske oporuke od kraja 16 st. Zainteresirani koji žele kopiju DVD-a se mogu javiti



  • FARAC 98
  • POŠA 78
  • PERDIJA 48
  • ŠAIN 38
  • VLAŠIĆ 36
  • TVRDEIĆ 30
  • BLITVIĆ 21


  • BOTICA 146
  • SILIĆ 89
  • FRANIĆ 51
  • MATIĆ 44
  • UNKOVIĆ 40


  • CURAĆ 134
  • ŠEGEDIN 75
  • BRČIĆ 55
  • CEBALO 54
  • DIDOVIĆ 45
  • BELIĆ 39
  • GRBIN 39
  • BAKARIĆ 38
  • ŠALE 38
  • LAUS 32
  • DUHOVIĆ 31
  • TVRDEIĆ 28
  • BILIŠ 27


  • TOMIĆ 179
  • MARELIĆ 120
  • LAUS 101
  • TASOVAC 49
  • ŠAIN 29
  • BLITVIĆ 21


  • BOTICA 91
  • FABRIS 49
  • ŠEGEDIN 40
  • FARAC 38
  • MILAT 37
  • LOZICA 36
  • CURAĆ 34
  • SILIĆ 34
  • ŠAIN 33
  • DEPOLO 32
  • VILOVIĆ 29
  • FORETIĆ 28
  • FAVRO 27
  • TOMIĆ 25
  • SESSA 24
  • MATIĆ 23
  • PADOVAN 22
  • DUŽEVIĆ 21


  • PECOTIĆ 300
  • TOMAŠIĆ 160


Korcula has a similar history with other parts of the Dalmatian archipelago. The first known inhabitants of Korcula were Illyrian tribes who occupied a large area of Dalmatia. They lived from farming and fishing. It is still possible to see on the Island their stone burial mounds, roughly shaped as a blunt cone. Upon the arrival of the Ancient Greeks, Korcula became a Greek colony. However, they made no attempts to intergrate with the Illyrians, who continued both their tribal lifestyle and their separate existence. It seems that the Greeks never associated themselves with the Ilyrians, possibly due to Illyrians being percieved as a part of a lower social standing. An important document from this period is a stone tablet called 'the psephism from Lumbarda' (4th century BC) The stone plaque, written in ancient Greek, is unambiguous about the existence of Korcula town.This is the oldest written document found on the territory of Croatia. Fortunately, this relic from the past can still be seen in Korcula’s town museum. Several centuries later, in 7th century AD, the Croats came to the Adriatic coast, the first tribes from the fertile Neretva valley. The first Croats arrived on the Island of Korcula in the early 9th century.

Statute of Korcula Town from 1214

Shortly afterwards, the Venetians arrived in Korcula in the 10th century and they were to rule Korcula on and off up to the 14th century. A significant historical document from this period is "Statute of the town and the island of Korcula" from 1214. It reveals and explains a great part of Korcula's cultural and economic history up to the 16th century. (more about Korcula Statute...) The golden period for Korcula was between the 13th and 15th centuries, since it was then that the old town's present form was acquired through the construction of important buildings. Most of these can still be seen today.

It was during this period that the Venetians left its distinctive mark on Korcula’s culture and architecture, which has been well preserved for future generations.

Yet Korcula’s existence was to be far from serene. With an existence on the fringes of the Venetian state’s territory, Korcula lived with an omnipresent danger of the Ottoman advance on it's doorsteps. Korcula was to witness and heroically partake in various battles with the seemingly invincible Ottoman Empire. One of the most famous battles was in 1571, against the Ottoman naval leader Uluz Alija, who attempted to plunder Korcula.

Despite being abandonned to an apparently inevitable fate by the Venetian garrison, local men and women, both from the town and the surrounding villages, were mobilised in defence of this strategic town. Through valiant fighting, though also a fortunate storm, the Korculans managed to defend the town and repel the invaders, preserving their livelihood and Korcula itself.

With the recession and decline in the Mediterranean trade, though also by the discovery of America, Korcula, with many other parts of the Adriatic began to suffer economic and cultural decline, as well as political chicanery.

The ripples from revolutionary France were to have a significant effect on Korcula. As the city states crumbled in front of the Napleonic armies, Venice was to lose its dominace over the Adriatic with the Peace Treaty of Campoformio in 1797. After the fall of the Venetian state in 1797, Korcula became part of the Austrian empire.The Austrian hegemony was to last for over a century.

Upon the fall of Austrian empire at the end of the First World War, Korcula became part of the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats and Slovenes under the Versailles Agreement.

Later, upon the declaration of King Alexander’s dictatorship, the country was renamed Yugoslavia. Henceforth, Korcula was to share Yugoslavia’s turbulent history, staying a part of it until 1991, when Croatia become an independent state.

Generally throughout the 20th century, Korcula started developing its tourist industry. The first travellers arrived in the 1920's, although it wasn't until 1960's that mass tourism started to expand, permanently changing the face of a shipyards and stone masonery town, to one of hotels, marinas and restaurants. Printer Friendly Version of this page

History related books: Croatia : A History by Ivo Goldstein - Written by a Professor of History at Zagreb University. An unbiased account of history of Croatia since the Croats in that area settled up to the present day. Review says the book "...presents a welcome and scholarly history providing an invaluable, authoritative view of Croatian culture and national character, both in its own terms and in relation to it's immediate neighbours.

Book on Korcula - Marco Polo's Isle by Michael Donley - The Croatian Adriatic – the New Riviera. Surprisingly, this nickname is a good hundred years old; yet once again the area has become a popular destination. However, apart from guides and books of a political or academic nature, nothing has appeared in English for 25 years. Marco Polo’s Isle is thus a timely publication. In it the author offers an in-depth view of one particular island, but at the same time captures the spirit of Dalmatia as a whole. read more...


Lumbarda is small fishermen's village of around 1200 inhabitants. It is situated at the eastern part of Island of Korcula, about 5 kilometers from Korcula Old Town.

The village is built around small bay and on the hills behind it, and is surrounded by large sandy vineyards. To reach Lumbarda one can drive along a nice asphalt road passing through a picturesque area of pine woods and olive groves.

In the 3rd century BC a Greek settlement was founded here from which originated the Psephism and the gnathia vases found in graves (can be seen in the Korcula Town Museum). There was a Roman villa rustic (rural estate) in the field north-east of the village near Bilin zal beach. Since the 16st century prosperous Korčula Town landowners built summer houses called "kaštel" (pronounced 'kashtel') on the best sites around Lumbarda, some of them still well preserved and inhabited by local families.

Sveti Rok parish church with a nave and two aisles stands on Vela Glavica hill in the middle of old Lumbarda, and there are several small old chapels in the village itself: St Bartul, St Peter, The Nativity of the Virgin (Mala Gospa). The church of the Holy Cross (Sv. Kriz) from 1774, in front of which is a characteristic porch, is surrounded by vineyards.

For centuries the people of Lumbarda were farmers, mostly grape growers, fishermen and stone-masons. Several prominent modern Croatian artists, sculptors and painters were born here: Ivo Lozica (1910-1943), Lujo Lozica (1934), Stipe Nobilo (1945), and the most important of all, Frano Krsinic (1897-1981) who created the bronze Second World War Memorial (left photo) in the center of the Lumbarda and the bronze relief Fishermen near the hotel Lumbarda. There are few local amateur sculptors and painters who live and work in Lumbarda, among them : Ivan Jurjevic-Knez and Tino Jurjevic.

Nowadays, the local people are getting involved in tourist industry too. There are couple of hotels in Lumbarda as well as several camps, private pensions, restaurants, shops, and a small marina.

There are several taverns and inns in Lumbarda offering traditional dishes, especially fresh grilled fish seasoned with olive oil and accompanied by the local white wines. Fine sandy beaches (very rare in the Adriatic) surround Lumbarda.


Racisce is situated 12 kilometers from Korcula. It is a place of hardy seamen and vineyards, which was settled by fugitives from Hercegovina and the coastal region of Makarska at the end of the XVIIth century. Legends say that the seamen called Racisce it's "port of salvation". Even today, it serves to navigators as a shelter from winds from the E, SE, and S directions.

In Racisce, there is an old church dating from the end of the XVIIth century, Sveti Vlaho's Church, with a loggia and the newly built parish church of Sveti Nikola.

The small ·Mediteran· hotel is the place where foreign tourists and the people from Racisce meet. Accommodation can also be arranged in private houses through the tourist society. The stone quay is mostly used for "trabakule", the wooden boats which served to the people from Racisce for transport and trade.

Not far from the village, there is the cove of Vaja, which was famous for white stone prepared in the nearby stone quarries. Its crystal clear water provides a perfect place for swimming, as does the cove of Samograd, which has a natural cave nearby whose entrance is covered by bush.