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Marco Polo House

A cache by ArizonaSmith Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 9/8/2011
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:




EN: Marco Polo was a Venetian merchant and traveller. According to some documents, he was born in Korcula (which was part of Venetian empire at the time), althought Venetians claim he was born in their city. He spent 24 years travelling through Asia, visited today's territories of Burma and Vietnam, reached China, came to Mongolia and stayed in the service of Kublai-Khan for 17 years. In 1292 he started to travel back to Europe, where he finally arrived in 1295. In 1298, one of the biggest naval battles in the Middle ages took place just in front of the Korcula town, between fleets of Genoa and Venice. The Genovese fleet consisted of 85 galleys while the Venetian fleet was the biggest war fleet the Venetians had ever sent to sea: 96 galleys and three big ships. Nevertheless, Venetians lost, and Marco Polo was captured, taken as a prisoner to Genoa and put in a dungeon. There he dictated his Asian adventures to his cellmate Rustichello, who wrote down everything. This later become the world famous book"Il Millione" (Million), the third translated book in the world, after Bible and Kur'an.



Understandably, there are plenty of references to Marco Polo all over the town of Korcula. Recently, a series of very authentic-looking souvenir shops (called, surprisingly, Marco Polo Shop) appeared. Highly recommended, they payed attention to every little detail. There's one just meters away from the cache.
The cache is placed in front of what today represents Marco Polo birth house. Although the house itself is much newer, this area in the Old Town is believed to be the spot where Polo family house was situated at the time.
Due to the entrance to Marco Polo house just in front of the cache (therefore NO NEED to pay for the entrance for logging the cache), the area can be quite crowded. Use your best stealth techniques to remain unseen, and replace the cache exactly where you find it.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Hccre evtug fvqr bs n cynaxrq jvaqbj. Cyrnfr chg gur jbbqra pbire va gur IREGVPNY cbfvgvba jura lbh chg vg onpx. Lrf, gur obk svgf va gur ubyr.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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