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Cavtat

The historical small town of Cavtat is situated in a well protected and accessible bay formed by two wooded peninsulas (Rat and Sustjepan) at the southern end of the Župa bay. In its harmonious architecture, the centuries-old natural, spiritual and material affiliation to the Dubrovnik Republic can be observed.....


 

The historical small town of Cavtat is situated in a well protected and accessible bay formed by two wooded peninsulas (Rat and Sustjepan) at the southern end of the Župa bay. In its harmonious architecture, the centuries-old natural, spiritual and material affiliation to the Dubrovnik Republic can be observed. The distance from Dubrovnik by road is 17km and by sea 9 n/m. There are good bus connections. Dubrovnik airport is 7 km distant.

The full beauty of Cvatat only reveals itself on reaching the old outskirts. Two high belriefs mark the beginning and end of it's little stone lanes. There is a promenade with palm trees, old vines, agave and cactus along the sea front indicating the sub-tropical climate of this, long ago discovered, tourist resort. The Tiha cove, at the north eastern side, is considered one of the most beautiful beaches. Šipun cave can also be counted among the natural attractions.

History of Cavtat
The original city was founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC under the name of Epidaurus (or Epidauros). Its original name is similar to the city in Peloponnese which had the god Asclepius as its protector. The surrounding area was inhabited by the Illyrians, who called the city Zaptal.
The town changed its name to Epidaurum when it came under Roman rule in 228 BC. After several assaults, Epidaurum was destroyed at the time of the migration of the Avars and Slavs (at the beginning of the 7th century) to the Adriatic coast. One section of the survivors escaped to the naturally protected nearby island Laus (Ragusa) under Mt.Srđ, where the foundations of a new town, Dubrovnik, were thus created. The ruins of Epidaurus also revived and the newly founded village was incorporated together with the Konavle settlements in the Dubrovnik Republic Territory, in the 15th century.

The modern Croatian name for the city reveals the ancient origins and the link with Dubrovnik. Cavtat is a derived from Civitas Vetus, that means old city in Latin Language.

From Pre-historic times to Middle Ages remain various legends, but reliable records are very few and the past of it's territory is obscure. Apart from very few archeological excavations there are some monuments (the Rector's Palace, churches, a monastary and some old buildings) which are from the years after the beginning of the Republic regime. From 1472 Cavtat is connected with the fortunes of Dubrovnik. After several tempestuous events during the years of the fall of the Republic a deep depression settled on Cavtat. Their natural resilience has however not remained without results.

Inhabitants of Cavtat and Konvale are frequently met in all branches of public life such as political leaders, scientists, artists, industrious workers at home and abroad.

Today Cavtat is a popular tourist destination, with many hotels and private apartments. The seafront is filled with shops and restaurants. A ferry boat connects the town to neighbouring Mlini and Dubrovnik, and there is a bus from Dubrovnik every 30 minutes.


What to see?

Franciscan Monastery
The monastery is located in the village of Pridvorje, in the central part of Konavle. In the lowlands, a Renaissance, or to be more specific, an early Renaissance monastery was built. Since there were many pilgrimages to this particular monastery, it has a rich collection of alms, the most beautiful of which is the Pridvorje crucifix, made out of wood.


The Racic Family Mausoleum
By visiting the mausoleum of the famous Racic family, a well-known shipowning family, you will witness the symbolism which represents the lifetime of humans: birth, life and death. The entire mausoleum is built using Brac white stone (from the island of Brac) except for the door and the bell which are made of bronze. The mausoleum is situated such that it is a nice detail between the sea and the cypress trees, and it was made by the famous Croatian sculptor Ivan Mestrovic.

Knezev dvor -The Collection of Baltazar Bogisic
Baltazar Bogisic (1834-1908) was a lawyer and scientist with a significant European reputation, and throughout his career, he collected various artifacts and documents and files. Today the Collection contains more than 35,000 objects. The numismatic collection particularly stands out with 2,700 objects. There is also an extensive library dating back to that period and is considered as being one of the most valuable monument libraries in Croatia. Bogisic’s collection is located at Knezev dvor in Cavtat.

The birth house of Vlaho Bukovac
The birth house of one of the most famous Croatian painters was proclaimed a cultural monument in 1969. The architecture, the fact that it is located in the very heart of Cavtat as well as the artistic legacy of the painter make this house a true cultural pearl. The appearance of the house is not much different than the rest of the houses built in Cavtat towards the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, even though the painter himself made a few touch-ups.