View of Cavtat from a hill above the town
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Cavtat (Serbo-Croatian pronunciation: [t͡sǎʋtat]) 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.
The original city was founded by the Greeks in the 6th century BC under the name of Epidaurus (or Epidauros, Greek: Επίδαυρος). 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. Justinian I the Emperor of the Byzantine Empire sent his fleet to Cavtat during the Gothic War (535–554) and occupied the town.
Today, Cavtat is a popular tourist destination with many hotels and private households that rent rooms and apartments. The seafront is filled with shops and restaurants. A ferry boat connects the town to neighbouring Mlini and Dubrovnik. There are often many private luxury ships along the strand.
The Epidaurus Festival of Music has been held annually in Cavtat since 2007.
- Vlaho Bukovac (1855–1922), painter
- Tino Pattiera (1890–1966), opera singer
- Luko Zore (1846–1906), philologist and Slavist
- Frano Supilo (1870–1917), politician
- Baltazar Bogišić (1834–1908), jurist, law historian and ethnologist
- Niko Koprivica (1889–1944), politician
- Dinko Zlatarić (1558–1613), poet and translator
- Raimondo Cunich (1719–1794), humanist
Twin towns — Sister cities
Cavtat is twinned with:
- Cavtat Info, Villa Vidak: Cavtat Information
- Cavtatportal.com, Up to date news from Cavtat and vicinity
- Cavtat Vacation
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