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Dubrovnik (or the official italian, latin and formarly english name since 1909 is “Ragusa”) is a historic city on the Adriatic coast in the extreme south of Croatia. 1918 when the City was incorporated into the then called “Kingdom of Yugoslavia” the name was officially changed from “Ragusa” to “Dubrovnik”.
Dubrovnik is a city of a unique political and cultural history. It is a home to many remarkably poets, painters, mathematicans, physicists and other scholars…and it is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Adriatic-Sea coast. 1979 the historic centre of Dubrovnik has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
There are a lot of famous buildings like Duke`s Palace, a lot of museums, cloisters, churches and some very old buildings, like the Arboretum Trsteno, the oldest arboretum in the world built in 1492,or the third oldest pharmacy in Europe which date is going back to 1317.
The patron of the city is Sveti Vlaho (Saint Blaise). You can see statues and paintings of him around the city. The city`s cathedral is named after him “Saint Blaise”. The habitants of Dubrovnik are even organizing a feast in honour of Saint Blaise every February 3. They celebrate these festivities with Mass, parades and they last several days.
The most important event in the cultural life of the city is the annual Dubrovnik Summer Festival.