The Pula Arena

Pula, as well as sitting in one of Europe's most beautiful regions, is also home to something altogether spectacular - the Pula Arena. Taking the shape of an amphitheatre, the arena is distinctly Roman, and is considered one of the best in the world in terms of preservation.

The Arena was constructed in 27 BC to 68 AD, and out of 200 other Roman amphitheatres around the globe, still has its integral four side towers, and all three classical Roman Architectural Orders - something that is incredibly rare indeed. In its heyday, the arena would have seated 20,000 members of the audience and was used to host very popular gladiatorial contents, with spectators travelling from all over Istria and beyond.

Inside the arena, you will get to see the impeccably preserved architecture, as well as a small museum exhibiting pieces from the history of the arena and its surrounding area such as ancient equipment that was once used to produce olive oil. Exhibits aside, there are few better ways to really place yourself in the history and the events that occurred at the arena than stepping inside and admiring both the architecture and the preservation of the structure.

Today, you can take a look around the Pula Arena for around 20KN for adults, and it opens early and shuts late (between 9pm and 12am) from May to August - though be sure to check the timings when you are in Pula to avoid missing out. The generously late opening hours mean there is little excuse to not see the glorious arena in both daylight and darkness, and many say that it is worth visiting twice, at differing times, to ensure that you see all of the arena's secrets.

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