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Our Site: Dubrovnik and Cavtat, Croatia

The conference headquarters is located in Cavtat (pronounced ‘Tsavtot’), a neighboring town about 9 miles (19 km) south of Dubrovnik and 4 miles from the Dubrovnik airport. Cavtat is the ancient city of Epidaurum, founded by Greek seafarers in the 4th century B.C. It was named, along with several other sites of that period, after the healing sanctuary of Asclepius in  Peloponnesus. In 1427, Cavtat passed under the jurisdiction of the Dubrovnik city-state. Cavtat remains part of Dubrovnik-Neretva County today.

  Some of the conference meetings will take place in Dubrovnik and we will spend two full days within the ancient walled city. Our meetings there will be in galleries, museums, theatres, outdoor cafes and classrooms. Dubrovnik, known as “the pearl of the Adriatic,” is a magnificent site for our conference activities. Not only is Dubrovnik unique in beauty, but its  history renders it an ideal site for a conference on peacebuilding. Having carefully avoided war during its nearly six centuries as an independent city state (13th to 19th centuries), Dubrovnik exudes an aura of grace and civility. Dubrovnik was the first state in Europe to outlaw slavery (1416), and has a history of tolerance and freedom.

Within the gates of Dubrovnik’s walled city are many art treasures, museums, ornate churches and cathedrals, beautiful sculptures, paintings, frescoes, and Byzantine icons. In addition to the Catholic churches and monasteries, there are a Serbian Orthodox church, an Islamic temple and a Jewish synagogue. The oldest pharmacy in Europe, that has remained open continuously since its inception, was founded in Dubrovnik by Franciscan monks in 1317. It is still open for business today. There are nearly one thousand years of recorded history within these walls, and since 1219, the political, cultural, and legal activities in Dubrovnik have been preserved in the city archives.

Cavtat and Dubrovnik enjoy a pleasant Mediterranean climate. Temperatures in June are likely to range between 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The air is dry and nights are balmy and lovely. The Adriatic sea is completely clear and unpolluted, and in summer months the waters are as warm as those surrounding the Hawaiian Islands. Lush vegetation includes date-laden palms, meandering vines of bougainvillea, pine and cypress trees, and many varieties of flowers that grow in sub-tropical climates. Few places in the world offer such a harmony of natural beauty and new and old architecture.

For more facts and travel information on Croatia, see “Croatia” published by Lonely Planet (Melbourne, London, Oakland, CA and Paris) and available in bookstores now. Or, in the US, call 1-800-275-8555. E-mail:


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