The residents call it the City. Others call it the pearl of the Adriatic, a paradise on Earth or Croatian Athens. Its beauty, harmony and importance for European culture, art and science are widely acclaimed and praised by poets. Historians regard Dubrovnik as a symbol of freedom, order and harmony between desires and possibilities. Diplomatic skills of its aristocratic governments have enabled this small naval trading republic to withstand pressures of much larger and more powerful forces and to protect its most valuable asset, the freedom, for centuries. Throughout much of its history, Dubrovnik served as a bond for exchange of ideas, information and goods between East and West. The glory days of the Dubrovnik Republic are today revived in the Festivity of St. Blaise, the patron of Dubrovnik, which has been a part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List since 2009. Traces of past socio-economic prosperity are visible to this day in the architectural beauty of palaces, churches and monasteries embraced with its mighty walls all of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Contemporary Dubrovnik is the administrative centre of the Dubrovnik- Neretva County, University city and the most famous Croatian tourist destination. It is a perfect place to relax but it is also home to numerous professional and scientific events every year. It is our sincere hope that you will enjoy this unique place making fond memories, ideas and contacts. We look forward to seeing you in Dubrovnik.