Boasting of its historic ruins and medieval cities Croatia is among one of Europe’s most sought after destination. Located in the Balkans, Croatia is a treasure box of innumerable natural landscapes like the magnificent Pitvice Lakes, incredible Adriatic coastline and breathtakingly beautiful islands to name a few. Pula or Pola is the largest city in the Istria County, Croatia.
Situated on the southern tip of the Istria peninsula, Pula’s immaculate natural surroundings, pristine sea and Roman ruins gets your adrenaline pump through the veins.
PULA ARENA: First thing that a person would like to visit on reaching Pula, Croatia is the huge Roman Colosseum. The arena which happens to be the only remaining amphitheater with four side towers and well preserved three Roman architectural orders. Pula Arena is the sixth largest Roman amphitheater which is still being used for filming, and concerts. The amphitheater has an underground museum with an exhibition of Istrian olive oil and wine production during the ancient times.
TEMPLE OF AUGUSTUS: Dedicated to Emperor Augustus and goddess Rona the temple is a 2nd century structure built on a podium with a tetra styleporch. The Temple of Augustus in Pula, Croatia is located in the main square of the city called the Forum and extensively used for many different purposes through its long spanning history. It was used as a temple, a church and a granary. The structure houses some beautiful Roman stone and bronze sculptures.
THE TWIN GATES: Built on the remains of the older Roman gates the Twin Gates has two arches side by side and belongs to the Archaeological Museum now. The main role of the Twin Gates of Pula, Croatia was to serve as an entrance to the ancient theater during gladiator fights and other major events. It is now the popular hangout for locals and tourists alike.
PULA CASTLE KASTEL: It is an old fortress in the center of Pula, Croatia. Situated atop a hill the fortress was built by the Venetians and used for the purpose of defending the port city and bay. A tough walk above is worth the effort as the top top tower of the Pula Castle provides a breathtaking view of Pula and its surrounding. The castle has an impressive display of the areas rich history with some interesting artifacts.
LIGHTING GIANTS: Conceived in the year 2000 and realized in 2014 Giant Lighting in Pula, Croatia is the newest addition to Pula’s rich historic monuments. Giant Lighting was designed by Dean Skira on the oldest working Uljanik shipyard. The magnanimous cranes in the Uljanik shipyard are illuminated in 16,000 different schemes which leaves you amazed and craving for more.