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Blato

 

Among themselves we call Blato local "Khátmandhú". It is definitely worth for a walk in the park in the town centre, which crosses the main road lined with mulberry trees. Right in the center is some great cafes and wine bars.

 

 

Basic information

Blato – once the capital city of Korčula is in the centre of the island. It offers many facilities and services: supermarkets, sports grounds, well-equipped medical centre, many specialized shops, restaurants, post office and ATM machines.

If you are interested in history, you will love Blato for its charm of the old times. You may visit the parish church, the church square with the loggia or Barilo ethno house.

With its population of 3 500 people, Blato is interesting even outside its peak season. Why don't you visit Blato and discover what this town and its charming hosts have to offer...
While in Blato look at the street signs: the streets do not have names but numbers instead.

 

Kumpanija - Sword dance

Knight’s society Kumpanija is a folk ensamble that keeps traditional dances and costoms from Blato. It was founded in 1927 and is constantly active on keeping the Blato’s folklore heritage: costumes, music instruments, songs, dances, recipes etc.

The most interesting is the sword dance Kumpanija that is accompanied with a drum and a bagpipe. The main performance of Kumpanija is on the Day of Blato on April 28. On that occasion Tanac, couples dance from the end of 17th century, follows the sword dance. During the summer Kumpanija and Tanac are performed weekly on the church square as well as other dances in picturesque costumes.

Sword dance Kumpanija or “the battle dance“, as it is traditionally called, presents the tradition of the local militia that used to protect the town because there were no walls around it to keep the invaders out. So the people of Blato formed the militia. The drummer was warning before the danger by drumming and called for defenders. After each battle was a dance.The practice and exercise of that militia developed into the sword dance.

Accompanied with the drum and the bagpipes, the dancer’s follow the captain performing different combination. The dance ends in the sword duels. Very interesting is the dance of the flag-bearer with the flag three meters long and two meters high.

 

Etno House Barilo

Ethno house Barilo is the museum about ordinary people created by ordinary people. For decades Velimir and Dita Škrablin were collecting the ethnographic collection and they exhibited it in the house of they ancestors Marinović Barilo.

 

 

Ethno house Barilo is truly a house and not a museum. The owners will guide you through the kitchen, the living room and the other parts of the house, all filled with objects from the past: costumes, clothes, kitchen equipment, handicrafts, tools etc. In the garden there are many autochthonous medicinal and decorative plants. In the garden and the front yard there are many agricultural and fishing tools and objects, too.

The visitors can taste homemade liquors, brandies, arancini (candid orange peels), candid almonds and dried figs prepared after the traditional recipes. One can also buy handicraft souvenirs.

 

Parish church

Blato’s parish church of All Saints is mentioned in the documents from the 14th century (some sources state from the 10th century). It is set in the centre of the town, on the spacious square. Next to it there are the bell-tower and the loggia.

The oldest part of the church is the eastern one surrounding the main altar. There is the painting on wooden panel All Saints and Madonna with the Child by the Italian renaissance master Giralomo da Santacroce. They were brought to Blato in the 1540.

A prominent object in the church is the wooden statue of Virgin Mary that was once the figurehead. The legend says it was found in a nearby cove. The statue is decorated by jewellery donated by the devotees. Regarding their age, quantity, diversity, and value those offerings make one of the richest such collections in Dalmatia.

In the large chapel there is a marble sarcophagus with the relics of St. Vincenca, the protector of Blato. St. Vincenca is a Roman martyr, and her relics were brought to Blato in 1795. Every April 28 the relics are carried in the procession that goes through the town. That is also the Day of the Municipality of Blato, and on that day the main annual performance of Kumpanija.

On the church facade there are large round windows that are typical for Dalmatia. The statuses on the top are common in the island architecture. On the west side there are St. Mark and St. John the Evangelist, and on the north side there is the bust of the Creator and the statues of prophets Elijah and Jeremiah. The prophets’ face, beard and clothes are made after the look of nobleman from the 17th and 18th century.

 

 

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