|Welcome to Pula!|
The largest town on the Istrian Peninsula
offers a wide range of attractions to lovers of fine culture.
While strolling through Pula, you will discover numerous Roman monuments and architecture such as the Triumphal Arch of Sergii from the 1st Century BC, The Amphitheatre-Arena, Hercules Gate and the Twin Gates, the Temple of Augustus and a small theatre in the Town Square.
Relaxing moments in the main Town Square, a traditional meeting place since the time of Augustus, will be an experience you won't soon forget.|
This area of Pula is magnificent, with its mixture of country stone houses, modern architecture, taking you back in time to the ancient cultures of the world.
During the summer months, Pula doubles its population with more than 50 thousand tourists annually exploring the 190 km of beautiful coastline and abounding natural ports. Local hotels, campgrounds and private accommodations abound to make this a favorite and unforgettable holiday for the whole family.
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City of Pula.
Do you remember the tale of the Argonauts? It describes the pursuit of a boat named ''Argo'' and a stolen golden fleece. The king of Kolhida's subjects gave up this pursuit after the death of the King's son. For fear they should be punished for the Prince's death and the failure of the pursuit if they returned to Kolhida, they decided to settle down in the place where the Prince had died - Pula!!
The most famous geographer in the ancient world, Strabo, affirmed that in this way Pula was founded. According to this legend, this all took place about 3,000 years ago.
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The Illyrian Pula - then but a "spring of living water" - merely existed in the shadow of Nesactium, the nearby dominant political, administrative, military and religious centre.
The arrival of the Roman legions in 177 BC, which imposed a new rule that resulted in intensive colonization and the creation of both a commercial centre and military encampment, had elevated the city to the status of a colony by 40 BC. With Augustus, it became the divine town - "pleasure of the rich, happiness to the middle class"...
From the middle of the 12th century, Pula swore an oath of allegiance to the Queen of the Seas, accepting the status of a vassal state, paying tributes, building and fitting out galllons, participating in wars, pursuing and capturing "sea-pirates plying the waters between Pula and Rovinj and handing them over to the Venetian authorities.
In those past centuries, Pula became a typical medieval town, in Romanesque-Gothic style.
Actually, the city palace is Romanesque- Gothic - Renaissance, built on the remains of a Roman temple of the goddess Diana, which speaks most eloquently of the passage of time.
Famous artists visited Pula and left behind traces of Pula in their work, to name one of the most famous: Michelangelo and Dante.
Over the years, Pula was gradually devastated.
Coupled with plague epidemics and malaria, from a developed city, Pula's population was 600 at the time of the Venetian fall. In 1799 the Venetian region of the Istrian peninsula was handed over to Austria (which already owned the rest of Istria).
Austria decided in 1853, at the time of the Hapsburg Monarchy, to establish Pula as its main naval port.
This same period saw the transformation of Pula from a small city with fading antique splendor to an industrial port with a newly formed and growing working blue collar class. The rate of population growth was considerable: in 1842 Pula had 1,126 inhabitants, by 1857 that number had increased seven-fold, and by the end of the century the population had risen to 40,000.
The Second World War drew Pula into dramatic maelstrom: the town suffered military bombings and destruction, although the defeated forces were ultimately subjected to harsh reprisals.
After the war a further result was a repeat of long-term periods of "historic stagnation", a process which has endured up until the dramatic days of our most recent history and present day.
The Chapel of Santa Maria