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Home of Arena, the Sixth Largest Amphitheater in the World

If you follow the myth about the Argonauts and their quest for the Golden Fleece, you definitely have to visit Pula.

Pula belonged to the province of Nezakzium, the main fortress and the capital of Histrians until the arrival of Roman legions. After the fall of Nezakzium in 177 BC, Pula developed under Roman rule and became one of the richest settlements of the Roman Empire. Afterwards, the Byzantine Empire, the Franks, the patriarch of Aquileia, the Venetian Republic, Napoleon and the Austro-Hungarian Empire all left their mark on the city’s architecture. Without any doubt, here you will see evidence of majestic Roman history such as the amphitheater (also known as Arena), the Triumphal Arch of Sergius, the Temple of Augustus, the Gate of Hercules, Porta Gemina and many others. The most important monument is the amphitheater dating from the 1st century AD, in which the gladiator fights were organized. It is the sixth largest amphitheater in the world which offered space for 20,000 spectators. Today, the Arena presents itself as a stage for concerts, operas, and the renowned Pula Film Festival.

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