Do you know which of our islands hides the second largest linden tree avenue in Europe?

Blato on Korčula was named after the periodic lake that was located on the site of today's Blato field between Blato and Vela Luka. The lake was drained by land reclamation, but the place's name remained - Mud. Blato as one of the oldest places located in the interior of the island was a safe haven in case of pirate attacks. Not only did the settlement have an important strategic position, but it was located near fertile fields thanks to the mentioned lake, which would flood in winter and dry up in summer, thus ensuring a fertile valley where grain was sown.

As Korčula's economy in the past was based on agriculture, the center of which was Blato, so many nobles lived right there. Outside the town of Korcula, protected by walls, they lived in castles and fortified houses, mostly in the shape of a tower, which can still be seen today.

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The Blato nobility and commoners met in a box on the spacious square in front of the church. Today's lodge was built 1700, and replaced the old one mentioned as early as the 15th century. The bell tower in front of the church was built in the 18th century, and the loopholes in its walls testify that it was also used for defense.

The lake was drained by large land reclamation works at the beginning of the 20th century, when it was dug tunnel to the sea total length 2 meters. At that time, a breakwater and a waterfront were built in the nearby bay of Prigradica, which was an export port for Blato wine.

The length limits are the equator and a half

The mud then produced more than 1 wagons of market surplus wine, and the witnesses of the vast vineyards are unique monuments to human labor - dry stone walls or “borders”. These are walls built of natural stone that you can see on all the surrounding hills of Blato. Their purpose was to keep small amounts of arable land so that they would not be carried away by rain and wind.  

It is estimated that the total length of the dry stone wall in the area of ​​the municipality of Blato exceeds the length of the circumference of the Earth and is approximately 60 kilometers, that is, the equator and a half of length.

A kilometer long tree linden tree Lipa

What you will first notice in Blato is the magical linden tree avenue of Zlinja that stretches the entire length of the place. This alley is 1 kilometer long and is the second longest linden alley in Europe right after the famous Berlin Unter den Linden.

It is interesting that the main "reason" why Blato's Zlinje are so wide is precisely "tonoto", which is Blato's name for a large net woven from a thinner jute rope that served to secure the load on the backs of donkeys and that two donkeys can essentially get away with it. with a burden on his back below today's Zlinje.

Zlinje is officially called 1st street, and no one knows the real reason that the streets in Blato have numbers, not names, but certainly this fact makes this small place even more special.

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