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The town of Vela Luka

Vela Luka panoramic view

Vela Luka is a place famous of folk and choral songs and rich culture dating back to the neolithic times.

General information

Vela Luka (4464 inhabitants) is the biggest town on the island and is 42 km far away from the town of Korcula. Vela Luka is the oldest and the youngest settlement on the island at the same time. The town has a few hotels and a rehabilitation centre for rheumatic diseases and posttraumatical conditions “Kalos”. The population is dealing with agriculture, fishing, tourism and there is the shipyard “Greben”, the fishprocessing factory “Jadranka” and other smaller industrial and farm plants.

Culture

In the big private exhibition gallery of Anka Prizmic-Sege, opened in 1983, are numerous sculptures and paintings of this artist born in Vela Luka. The parish church of St. Joseph is a classical building finished in 1848. The stations of the Way of the Cross - 15 smaller relieves - were made by Anka Prizmic. The chapel of St. Vicence is from 1589; it was reconstructed several times and it contains the bust sculpture of Don Ivan Oreb, a priest who did a lot for the cultural development of Vela Luka in the 20th century, and it was made by Anka Prizmic, as well.

The cultural-artistic society “Hum” is tending to music and folklore and choral singing. There is a number of choral groups in Vela Luka as well, and the best known are “Osjak” and “Greben”. They have success on concerts in Croatia and abroad with their high artistic level of interpreting national folk songs.

In the surrounding of Vela Luka are numerous bays convenient for swimming and sun-bathing, and most attractive are the nearby small island of Osjak and island Proizd.

History

On the hill spilinski rat, Northeast of the village, on about 100 m attitude above sea-level, is the Vela Spila (the big cave) - the most significant pre-historic deposit of Korcula. the rich Neolithic culture of the “Circle of Hvar” (3200 before Christ) communicated over sea with the neighbours of the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. The attractive collection of discoveries is exhibited in the Homeland museum in the Palace Franulovic-Repak near the parish church.