Pula is the largest and oldest city in Istria and, with its eventful history, is now also the tourist and cultural center of the region. Thanks to the perfect interplay between culture from the Roman era, beautiful bathing bays and a modern tourist offer, it attracts visitors from all over the world every year!
Pula is best known for the old amphitheater, also known as the Arena of Pula. The second largest arena in the Roman Empire was built by 2 BC. There are also numerous other sights in Pula that invite you to discover. During the summer months, especially in the arena and in various places, there are lots of events and exhibitions of art and culture, music concerts and fascinating film festivals. The city of Pula offers the best conditions for a wonderful vacation on the Croatian Adriatic.
The city of Pula can look back on a long history and was once an important port city in Croatia. So it is no wonder that you can visit numerous interesting buildings in Pula that date from the time of the Romans, Venetians and Byzantines.
Pula Arena – Amphitheater
The arena of Pula was built in the 1st century at the time of Emperor Vespasian at the same time as the Colosseum of Rome and is the sixth largest of its kind. In Roman times, gladiator fights were organised here and in the Middle Ages there were knight tournaments and markets. Numerous events are taking place there today. From concerts of all kinds to the famous Pula film festival, the arena offers a unique ambience for all spectators.
The “Golden Gate”, as the triumphal arch is also called, was built between 29-27BC by the Sergei family in honour of their relatives. The triumphal arch leaned against the Porta Aurea city gate, but this was destroyed in the 19th century due to urbanisation and the expansion of the city. The arch lies in the middle of the old town and is also the gateway to the lively shopping mile of Pula.
The temple stands on the forum square and is not far from the lively Flanaticka shopping street. It was built between the 2-14BC. It is dedicated to the goddess Roma and the emperor Augustus. Its shape is a typical temple construction and still has many of the origins dating back to ancient Rome.
The main square, also known as the forum, was the focal point of Pula in ancient and medieval times. Around the forum were the seats of the religious, administrative, judicial and economic bodies. The temple and the various ancient houses around the square exude a unique flair and you feel as if you have been transported back to Roman times.
Double Gate & City Wall
In the Middle Ages and in antiquity, the entire city was surrounded by a city wall and entry and exit was possible at ten gates. Unfortunately, the city wall was dilapidated and torn down along with many gates in the 19th century. Some remains of the city wall can still be seen between the double gates and on the Giardini square.
Franciscan Church & Monastery
The monastery with the beautiful Franciscan church, located between the Forum and the upper district road, was built in the 14th century and is dedicated to St. Francis of Assisi. At the time, the Franciscan community built the church in 1314 with the help of some top builders and the fine workmanship in the late Romanesque style with Gothic ornamental details is guaranteed to delight art lovers.
Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary
This is located near the Forum and right next to the main street at the port (in the centre of the city). The cathedral was built between the 4th and 5th centuries and was rebuilt and reconstructed several times due to fire damage. In the 17th century, the church tower was built right next to the cathedral and stone blocks from the amphitheater were used for the construction.
The castle is a square fortress with angular bastions and stands on one of the 7 hills in Pula. It was built by the then Venetian government in 1630 to protect the city and the port. The fortress served as a protection for the Venetian government and later as a small military station for the Romans. Today the historical museum of Istria is located in the castle.
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