Korcula: Marco Polo’s House
Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Site of Historic Interest: Medieval Merchant’s House
Tucked away on the Ulica De Polo is a small Merchant’s house that is now a museum dedicated to Korcula’s most famous son - Marco Polo. In lieu of any more solid claim to be the birthplace of the great explorer, Korcula’s right to declare itself Marco Polo’s birth place is as good as any other, especially as there has long been De Polo family who were resident in the town.
Whether the house itself is that in which a 13th Century Merchant may have lived is harder to say, it appears to be one of the older properties in the town but its origins are actually said to be post-medieval (17th century) making its construction over 300 years more recent than birth the De Polo family’s famous son.
The house itself offers little of intrinsic interest other than good views across the roofs of the Old Town and displays about the history of Marco Polo, who now forms one of the cornerstones of the marketing of Korcula.
In the centre of the old town of Korcula walk north from Trg Sv. Marka and the cathedral and take the first street on the right after leaving the square. The house is little more than 20 metres down this street on the left side.