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Blato centerBLATO is situated forty two kilometers away from Korcula in an amphitheater on seven hills in the middle of the West part of the island. The town is a harmonious whole, gathered around a raised paved square, on which lies the parish; church of Svi Sveti (All Saints) from the XVIth century with a tower and a loggia.

One can look from the tower to the white-roofed houses arranged on terraces on the surrounding hills. The three-aisled church and its tower are examples of the skill of the local stone-masons who combined Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance elements in its building. Three important works of art lie in the church: a restored painting by Girolamo di Santacroce at the main altar, the gift of the poet Kanavelid, choir benches in the late Renaissance style and a late Baroque carved frame for the side altar as well as a rich collection of silver church objects (candelabras, crosses, etc.).

Especially interesting is the only monument of the pre-Romanesque style from the XIth century on the island: the Church of St. Kuzma (Cosmo) and Damjan (Damian] in Zablace near Blato, which gives proof of early Croatian; Construction on Korcula. There are a lot of other XIVth century churches in Blato: Sveta Marija in Velo Polje, Sveti Martin in Mala Krtinia, Sveti Mihovil on the hill near the field of Blato. The later churches are: Sveti Vid on the top of Veli Ucjak, Gospa od zdravlja (Our Lady of Health] in Mali Ucjak, Sveti Ivan in Vela Strana. Sveta Barbara in the area of Vlasinia, Gospa od navjestenja (Our Lady of Annunciation) in the area of Dovicine, as well a number of small churches and chapels in the surroundings of Blato.

The field of Zlinje divides the South and North part of Blato with one of the most beautiful elm tree alley in this part of the Mediterranean. A small hotel, "Lipa", is in the middle of Blato. The "Blato" modern wine Cellar produces wines from the field of Blato and other regions of the island. Blato is also an industrial centre. The "Radez" firm has a world-wide reputation for producing the steel hatches. There is also a small textile factory, "Trikop", which also exports its products, even to the United States, and some workshops and repair shops.

The artistic tradition of Blato is continued by the contemporary painters: Natasa Cetinic, Ante Sardelic and Frano Franulovic, who has an atelier/gallery in Blato. The natural bays of Blato are Prizba and Grscica to the South and Prigradica to the North. A wide road leads to Prizba and Grscica, eight kilometres from Blato; they can also be reached by the Brna road along the South part of the island. The modern "Alfir" hotel in the middle of centuries-old pine trees is an ideal place for a quiet stay in primordial nature where the only noise is the cry of sea-gulls and chirrupping of crickets. The modern apartment settlement of "Priscapac" was built on the sea coast above the small romantic peninsula and it's sunny beaches, represents a true small hamlet with all of the necessary tourist advantages. Tourists can also be accommodated in modern luxurious villas.

Prigradica is connected by road with Blato (nine kilometres away) and has a stone quay where ships can dock. There is a new bed-and-breakfast hotel, which also serves specialties, on the quay.  Tourists are also attracted to Blato by its folklore, which draws its roots from the remote times of ritual sacrifices but has been modified by dances commemorating the heroic defenses of Blato from various foreign invaders. One of these heroic battles is the famous defense of Korcula from the galleys of Uluz All. Many inhabitants of Blato took part in this battle, even though Blato is far from Korcula, proving thus once again the historical fact that the town of Korcula and the island are vitally connected.

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