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Cavtat
Cavtat is a town in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County of Croatia. It is on the Adriatic Sea coast 15 kilometres (9 miles) south of Dubrovnik and is the centre of the Konavle municipality.
Cavtat, the antique Epidaurus, was an important Roman colony in this region, which expires after the breakthrough of the Slavs and the Avarians into this area after the decline of the Western Roman Empire, and their inhabitants flee to the neighbouring settlement Laus-Rave-Ragus, wherefrom Dubrovnik arose. In historical sources, Cavtat is also mentioned with the name Ragusa Vecchia, what clearly testifies to the connection of these two cities. In the times of the Dubrovnik Republic, Cavtat was the second most important seaport, place of trade and of administration in the Republic after Dubrovnik.
Over the centuries it was constructed according to the rules of Dubrovnik and in all the periods of history, the town had creators whose works are of true value. The cultural and historical story of unique and natural beauty is told in continuity.
The Racic Family Mausoleum of the well known Cavtat shipping family, Racic, at the graveyard of St. Rok in Cavtat, was erected in 1921 at the location of the Chapel of St. Rok from the 15th century, as the last wish of Marija Racic. It was constructed of white stone from the island of Brac, in the shape of a dome. The entire structure was built without a single piece of wood, or any other material except bronze, of which the door and bell were made. The entire mausoleum, from the entrance with its two caryatids, to the arch covered with the heads of angels, the floor which tells the tale of biblical history symbolizing the four evangelists, the main alter and side naves, is full of symbols symbolizing the three basic stages of human fate: birth, life and death. The bell cast according to Mestrovic's plans is inscribed with his beautiful words, "Learn the mystery of love, and you will resolve the mystery of death and believe that life is eternal."
The birth house of Vlaho Bukovac in Cavtat was declared a cultural monument in 1969. The monumental characteristics of this great house are not only its architecture, gardens and location in the urban core of Cavtat, but primarily the heritage of the name of the great painter Vlaho Bukovac, his artistic legacy and the heritage of the Bukovac family. Of particular note are the internal wall paintings and the glass doors to the staircase, created by Bukovac himself.
The Sokol Fortress or Sokol Grad (Falcon City) is the largest and most important fortress from the times of the Dubrovnik Republic due to its position in the mountainous region near the Bosnian inland. It was built at the location of earlier Illyrian and Roman fortifications, evident from the remains of ceramics and Roman bricks in its walls. Its form was adapted to the natural rock cliffs upon which it was built, and the colour of the stone blends in with its surroundings. Under Soko Grad is the memorial and graveyard Church of Our Lady of Sokol. Soko Grad offers a magnificent view of the whole of Konavle. In 1391, the Sankovic brothers the rulers of Konavle, gave the Dubrovnik Republic full authority over the Sokol Fortress, while the fortress came under final possession of the Republic in 1423. Considering the strategic importance of this fortress, the Dubrovnik Republic constantly invested in it, as the fortress had a cistern, munitions building, wine and food cellars, sentry-boxes, buildings for soldiers and buildings to accommodate women and children from nearby villages in the event of war. Climb up to the top of this fortress, and experience the awe and amazement of the exceptionally well planned defence system of the historical Dubrovnik Republic.
Cavtat is the place where you can still feel the spirit of the past time and experience the centuries old tradition of our ancestors.

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