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Arena, the emblem of the town

The town of Pula means lot to me; it is the place where I was grown-up and therefore I'll always keep it deep into my heart. Here I have established friendships for a life time, here I have meet first love, and here I have started playing basketball, the game I like the most.
Since it is not a big town, there are approx. 70.000 inhabitants, I knew most of its inhabitants meeting them day by day on the streets, in cafes, disco clubs or as fantastic supporters when playing the game. As an typical mediterranean town it has old core, dating back in Roman period, which is more than beautiful, it has fantastic beach resorts about 155 km length and mixed population what gives it cosmopolitan look. But most of all, Pula has a Roman amphtheater which is the unique emblem of the city.
Pula is, belive me, a kind of place you love it or you hate it.

Long history of Pula goes to 18-10th c. BC. Name Pola is of Illyrian origin.
The end of the 1st century BC marked the beginning of the Roman colonization.
After having changed several sovereigns; Ravenna, Frankonian, Aquilea, Venice, it come under the Austrian rule, becoming military port.
- The Roman Amphitheatre from the 1st and 2nd centuries. It is the World's sixth largest preserved amphitheatre.
- Porta Gemina (Twin Gate) from 2nd century
- Ruins of Roman theatre
- Porta Herculea (Hercules Gate) from 1st c. BC
- Triumph Arch of the Sergi, 31 BC
- A large Roman graveyard was located in front of the Town Gate, which DANTE mentions ih his "Inferno" (Canto IX)
- Theatrum Juliae, ruins at Monte Zaro Park
- Byzantine memorial Chapel from 6th c.
- St. Francis Church, year 1314
- Forum Romanorum with the temple of Augustus, 1st c.
- Town Hall is attached in 1296 to the Roman Temple (of Diana)
- St. Mary Cathedral from 5th c., restored in the 15th c. and extended in 1640.


The shipyard "Uljanik", emblem of the town economy

The shipyard of "Uljanik" presents the most important and most powerful production system on Istrian peninsula. When it is down all economic saytem of the region goes down too.

Circolo Italiano, the multicultural emblem of Pula

Behimd the Gate of Hercules (around 50 yearsBC) there is Circolo Italiano di Cultura - Cultural Club of Italian minority.
Right next to it stands the Archeological Museum of Istria.

  • Last visit to Pula: Aug 2015
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2009 at 6:15 PM

    so many great churches for a town of 70000. st maria formosa - i imagine the 4th crusade did nobody in the region much good. 5th C mosaics - nice. back for the rest tomorrow. n.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Aug 11, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    My first time to Pula was to touchdown ( wirh YugoTours) before arriving in Dubrovnik. Have been back to Croatia but still not seen Pula - and I'm running out of time.. so thanks for your VT pages!

  • Aug 28, 2007 at 8:11 AM

    Hi, great page! Going to Pula next week and really looking forward to it!

  • Ken-out-of-Bath's Profile Photo
    Jul 7, 2007 at 1:06 AM

    Hi! Pula looks great! Is it possible to get there in a day trip from Rijeka?

  • bugulma's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2006 at 6:05 AM

    The real ancient-Roman city! :-) very picturesque! Mornaricka cerkva is very beautiful!. hmmmm... maybe i will jump into Punta Verudela? :-)))

  • glenabel's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2005 at 5:10 PM

    The James Joyce statue is slightly larger than life and it's well worth a drink inside the pub he sits outside as it is full of historic sailing memrobilia

  • catalysta's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2005 at 9:30 AM

    Fascinating city, so rich in history & culture!

  • Feb 9, 2005 at 3:23 AM

    i was very interested in your pula page. i will be visiting pula soon - my place of birth. does anyone have any recommendations of where to stay in Pula, Thanks dsmg

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2005 at 1:43 PM

    Thank you for your comments on my Pula page though it is far from the quality of yours! I am glad it looked familiar to you, which means that I have not too much distorted the picture of the city!

  • IU2's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2004 at 4:17 AM

    ciao boris, I'm planning a trip to pula and I've found your pages useful and very interesting. thanx a lot.


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