Korcula is a particularly interesting island – while other Dubrovnik islands fell within the territory of the Republic of Dubrovnik, Korcula was under Venice. It is therefore different from Dubrovnik, but no less beautiful. The medieval architecture of Korcula stands out with its interesting urban planning. The floor plan of the city resembles the shape of a fish bone, the very reason why the central street is so well protected from the winds. The whole city is beautiful, particularly the Gothic-Renaissance church of St. Mark. The altars decorated with Renaissance paintings by Tintoretto and other great painters are of special value. Most of the statues are work of the great Croatian artist Ivan Mestrovic. Another valuable part is the church bell tower, a work of Marko Andrijic. This island stands out for its indented coast – inlets and small islands. Around Vela Luka – a place on the opposite side of the island, from the town of Korcula – are countless bays and each beautiful in its own way.