A conference was held at the University of Dubrovnik to mark 40 years since UNESCO inscribed Dubrovnik's historical centre on the World Heritage List and 10 years since the city's Feast of St. Blaise was added to the list of Intangible Heritage.
The conference, on the synergy between tangible and intangible heritage, was attended by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and his government, as well as representatives from UNESCO.
The prime minister addressed the assembly, noting that Croatia's dual Mediterranean and Eastern European heritage provided it with a diverse range of art, culture and natural beauty. He added that, in particular, the city of Dubrovnik provided more than its fair share of great artists, politicians, historians, and scientists, who are recognized around the world for their works.
"We value to support provided by UNESCO, which, through these kinds of projects, helps everyone to better recognize world heritage as a key element of stability and dialogue among countries throughout the world," said the prime minister.
UNESCO's deputy director of heritage, Lazare Eloundou Assomo, said after 40 years it was time to appreciate all that had been done, but also to "look at how Dubrovnik is going to be managed in the future."
Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek said she was "extremely proud of the recognition given to Croatia's cultural heritage." But added that it was "also recognition of our experts who work to preserve and restore our cultural heritage."