Monday, March 7, 2022

A Weekend in Pula, Croatia [Through My Lens Nr. 328]

My mom always wanted to visit the Northern part of the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. That region is called Istria and is very close to Italy. In fact, when you travel through these parts, in moments, you feel like you are in Italy. We wanted to make a huge road trip, but had to cut our trip short this time. That's why in this three day outing we only explored the city Pula. Pula is the largest city of Istria. The most prominent features are the Arena and the wonderful old town.

The Pula Arena (first image, and the image below) is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers entirely preserved. It was constructed between 27 BC and AD 68, and is among the world's six largest surviving Roman arenas. A road leads around the Arena and you can get a pretty good look inside, or you can pay an entrance fee of 70 HRK (10 $) to visit the Arena from the inside. Pictured above this text is the the star-shaped castle with four bastions is situated on top of the central hill of the old city. It was built, over the remains of the Roman capitolium, by the Venetians in the 17th century.

Two other notable and well-preserved ancient Roman structures are the 1st-century AD triumphal arch, the Arch of the Sergii and the co-eval Temple of Augustus, built in the 1st century AD built on the forum during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus.The Twin Gates (Porta Gemina) is one of the few remaining gates after the city walls were pulled down at the beginning of the 19th century. All of these sights are very close to each other and you won't have a problem to explore Pula in one day. We stayed in  Hotel Pula (which was a bit older and not renovated, but still ok), that was a bit outside the city, but had a great forest surrounding it with walking paths right next to the Adriatic Sea.

Besides the old town and wonderful historic sights, you will find new shopping malls, restaurants and cafes here. We really had a great time in Pula. I look forward to coming back here again and exploring Istria completely.

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  2. Croatia is definitely on the list of places I'd like to visit one day. The Pula Arena looks like it should be on the itinerary.

  3. Beautiful. I've been there.

  4. How many wonderful hystorical places we have in our old Europe, haven't we?!?
    We must treasure them!
    Thank you for sharing your stunning shots with us, dear Mersad, and thank you for hosting too, as well!
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  5. These are very impressive structures. I love to visit such sites.

  6. I would also love to visit Croatia someday. The age of this Amphitheatre is amazing to fathom!

  7. Thank you for sharing your tour with us. I didn't know about Pula or the Roman structures there. Always enjoy seeing your photos. Also I wonder when you are going to do another drone video? They are fun to watch.

    1. I am so behind with my drone videos. I do have one coming up.

  8. It was on our planned trip that got cancelled 2020...would be good to get there. Love your pics

  9. Truly amazing, Great photos.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  10. Such incredible history in those buildings and streets!!

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  14. Croatia is surely on the list of places I'd like to visit one day. The Pula Arena looks like it should be on the diary.

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