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Travel Guide to Pula, Croatia

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.
Just like in any old city, archeological excavations never stop in Pula. All precious findings can be found in one of the city's museums. Here you can see a collection of pottery, jewelry and figurines. There are also several attractions for lovers of nature. In summer visitors can enjoy rest in best beaches, and the off-season is the time to explore the splendor of nature in Bruny National Park. The city is famous for its high-quality restaurants, many of which have terraces and are comfortably decorated. In addition to great food visitors will enjoy live music. Boat trips to Kornati and Brijuni archipelagoes will help to diversify leisure rest.
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Pula: Major facts

Time zone 3:08 AM, GMT +1
Number of inhabitants 60,000
Local currency 1 kuna = 100 lipa
Working hours The majority of shops stay open Mon to Fri from 8am-8pm and Sat 8am-1pm. You’ll also find that many food shops, outlets and outdoor markets stay open daily 7am-7pm. Museum and gallery working times differ from one place to another.
Related sites http://www.pulainfo.hr
http://www.about-croatia.com
http://www.visitcroatia.co.uk
http://www.istra.hr
http://www.istra.com
Major newspapers and journals Glas Istre
Globus (National)
Emergency telephone numbers Police 92
Fire 93
Ambulance 94
Coast guard 9155

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