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Pula 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. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
St. Nicholas church is a unique historical monument. It was founded in the 6th century. The very first building was not kept till our time, at the beginning of the 13th century the nearly destroyed church was completely rebuilt. Nowadays, the miniature church attracts tourists and pilgrims with its many religious artifacts. The medieval iconostasis, as well as beautiful icons created by the masters of the 15th-16th centuries, remained in its walls.
Another important cultural object - the Historical Museum of Istria is located nearby. It occupies a medieval fortress, built by the Venetians on the site of the ruined Roman Capitol. The museum offers a rich collection of ancient weapons, coins, military awards, historical maps and coats of arms, as well as other artifacts related to the history of the region. The castle is standing on a small hill. So, a chic view of the city opens from the adjacent territory.
A popular sightseeing object is a maritime church, built in the late 19th century. It is a bright monument in romantic style. The church has very unusual external cladding, for which the builders used traditional white stone and beautiful pink marble. The interior of the church is admirable, as well. Many of its elements have remained unchanged for more than a hundred years.
Pula Fans of walks in historical places will be interested in visiting Punta Cristo fort, which is located on a picturesque peninsula. The total area of the fortress is 10000 sq. m. It is perfectly preserved to this day. The fortress has about 270 rooms and a complex system of dungeons, which is also available for visiting. Summer is the best time to visit this historical monument. Excellent festivals, exhibitions, and events dedicated to national culture are held there.
The most important cultural object is the Archaeological Museum of Istria. It was founded in 1902. Now the museum possesses a valuable collection of ancient stone sculptures, ceramics and ancient metal objects that were found in the nearby archaeological areas. The museum comprises a single complex with a large library. It hosts a variety of thematic events, as well.
Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Pula
♥   Castle 'Nesactium' , 10.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Monkodonja' , 25.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Dvigrad' , 28.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Zrinski-Frankopan Castle' , 59.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Trsat Castle' , 70.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Pula
♥   Forest Park 'Busoler' , 2.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Brijuni' , 8.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Forest Park 'Kašteja' , 9.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Forest Park 'Zlatni rt - Škaraba' , 27.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Forest Park 'Čikat' , 60.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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Pulska Arena

From the series “Ancient Amphitheaters and Arenas, That Are Still Operational”
The reconstruction has been supervised by the world-famous architect Pietro Nobile. By 1932 the amphitheater has been fully prepared for large-scale events. Currently, the theater has 5000 seats. Visitors will have an opportunity to diversify the rest with a lot of interesting events. They can stroll through the underground rooms of the amphitheater, as well as look into the archaeological museum located on its territory. During the reconstruction of the arena, scientists discovered many unique artifacts that make up the museum's exposition. … Read further
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