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The city of Korcula in the opinion of its many distinguished visitors throughout its rich history is one of the most attractive and best preserved towns from the Middle Ages in the Mediterranean area The island of the same name is one in the long string of pearls forming great archipelago that runs along the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea rightfully the pride of the Republic of Croatia Why the modern tourist at the end of the twentieth century though not acquainted with the details with the rich history is immediately consciouss of the connection between Korcula and Marko Polo is an interesting question Does the knowledge come merely from tourist slogans and publicity or from a deeper sense of tradition and historical memory The Depolo family have lived in Korcula for centuries proof of which exists in the numerous documents held in the Korcula archives and one of member of the family the young flower decorator Mate Depolo happened to meet in 1993 another young woman girl who is a descendant of the Great Kublai Khan They were both in Wells at the time under the auspices of the BBC A hotel in Dalmatian style was built in Korcula in 1972 and named Marko Polo The tourist agency Marko Polo Tours has also existed in Korcula for several years Jadrolinija the Croatian Shipping Line gave the same name to its most beautiful and biggest passenger ship The first question which most visitors ask while irresistibly attracted towards Korcula in a wish to escape for a while from the trials and burdens of evberyday life is Where is the tower of Marko Polo Does not its position in the immediate vicinity of the St Marko cathedral in the central town square together with the houses of many old noble families confirm the Korculan origins of Marko Polo If we add that the sculptor from Corinth Polo lived in Korcula in the 5th century BC
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