The city was founded by ancient Greeks and it has become one of the most important and largest cities of Istria thanks to its advantageous location. In Roman times Pula experienced years of rapid expansion. Many sights and places of interest have left since that time. They remind of the power and importance of this city. During its history Pula has changed its owners several times. It was ruled by the Venetian Republic for over than six hundred years. Then the city was ruled by the Austrians, and, after the First World War, Pula was known as a part of Italy. The city became the territory of Croatia only in 1991.
This rich history couldn’t have failed to be reflected in the beautiful historical monuments. The main sight of Pula is the amphitheater called Arena. Its building took place in the 1st century. Today its walls hold theater and opera performances, and film festivals. There are also several monuments of the prehistoric times – the statue of Apollo stands here from the ancient Greeks, while the Romans gave the city a beautiful Temple of Augustus and Sergius Triumphal Arch.
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