This village, with around 1400 inhabitants, was first mentioned in the early Middle Ages. It is located 4 kilometres from Korčula and is accessible by a wide paved highway. The highway connecting the island covers the village, stretching out onto the surrounding hills, and is made up of several settlements: Prvo Selo, Kampuš, Postrana and Brdo. Next to the old houses with their verandas and tiled courtyards are small barns built from dry stone walls and covered with stone tiles. There are also several summer homes and villas built by Korčula's nobility and landowners. Not far from the village centre and main highway, on a rocky mountain surrounded by trees, is the parish Church of St. Martin from the 14th century, which was later expanded.
In Postrana, at the bottom of the hill, is the Church of St. Rocco, located on the tiled square where the old "Kostila" trees grow. This is where the traditional single-sword dance Mostra is held. Near the settlement is the graveyard and the Church of St. Vid from the 13th century, and there are several small, old chapels in the settlement. Villa Baničević, built by the well-known noble family in Postrana, is well maintained. The façade bears a plaque with a crest and Latin phrase of the most respected member of the family, Jakova, who lived in the 16th century and was a well-known European humanist.
In the past, the inhabitants of Žrnovo worked in agriculture (wine making, olive growing, vegetable growing) and quarrying stone . Nowadays many are employed in construction and tourism. In the nearby inlets (on the northern coast) Žrnovska Banja, Medvidnjak, and Vrbovica, there are several modern family bed and breakfasts and campgrounds located on the sea side. In the village, the cultural-artistic society Mišnice presents amateur drama and folklore, while the society "Bratska sloga" deals primarily with village traditions and folklore. In Žrnovo, several modern Croatian painters and sculptors were born (Radoslav Duhović, sculptor; Nikola Skokandić, graphic artist; Ante Radovanović, Frano Cebalo, Abel Brcić, painters), as well as the most distinguished Croatian literary academic, Petar Šegedin.
Korčula Tourist Board
Obala dr. F. Tuđmana 4
Tel: +385 (0) 20 715867
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