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The main plaza in Pula with Augustus Temple on the left

Ancient History of Pula

Pula is one of the oldest towns, or perhaps the oldest continually populated town in Istria. Pula was mentioned for the first time in III century B.C. by name of Polai, having Illyrian origin. Pula experienced boom at the beginning of the first century A.D. when Roman Emperor Augustus decided to establish a colony there. During the time of Roman rule, name of the town had changed few times. First it was called Pieta Iulia, and later Colonia Iulia Pola Pollentia Herculanea. Pula is one of towns in Croatia in which a number of ancient building and monuments has been preserved in original shape to this day.

Pula was built around a small hill, which is still considered the center of the town. Ancient Capitol with several representative buildings was built on top of the hill. There are remains of walls that used to surcingle the hill. Some of the well-preserved remains in Pula include:

  • Hercules Gate (Porta Herculea)
  • Dual Gate (Porta Gemina)
  • Triumphal Arch of the Sergi
  • Augustus Temple
  • Pula Amphitheater

Hercules Gate is the oldest of the remains as it dates back to the middle of the first century B.C. Triumphal Arch of the Sergi was built close to the end of the first century B.C. Augustus Temple was built at the beginning of the first century. The temple, which is preserved entirely, is a typical ancient building. The porch of the building has six Corinthian columns.

Pula Amphitheater is the largest such monument from Roman times in Croatia, the sixth largest construction of this type in the world. The amphitheater is 32 meters high and could accommodate up to 23000 viewers. Historians agree that the amphitheater was built at the end of the first century.

Pula Amphitheater

Tourist Attractions in Pula

Pula abounds in tourist attractions. If you happen to travel through Istria, be sure to visit Pula. The town is located in the southern part of Istria peninsula in Croatia. It is situated in a bay with many nice parks, hirsts, and small bays around the town. There is famous National Park Brioni Archipelago (Brijuni) in vicinity of Pula. Brioni cosists of several islands, of which the larger ones are Veli Brijun (Big Brion) and Mali Brijun (Small Brion), and a number of small islands such as Vanga, Sv. Jerolim, Kozada (Kotež) and several other tiny islands. Tourist visiting Pula may want to visit the Brioni islands. They can get there by boat ride from small town Fažana in Istria.

Triumphal Arch of the Sergi in Pula

Accommodation in Pula

Pula is the biggest town in Istria and among the top ten in Croatia. As a very popular tourist town in Croatia, Pula has holiday apartments offering accommodation to tourists. If you go on summer holiday to Pula, you will find available rooms and holiday apartments for rent in Pula or surrounding smaller towns or tourist resorts in Istria. One of most popular tourist resorts in Istria near Pula is Medulin. Medulin is located at the southernmost tip of the Istrian peninsula.

Pula Apartments

Pula Apartments Villa Tanja
Owner: Angelo Orihovac
Address: Pješčana Uvala VIII/10, Pula, Croatia
Rent: 55 €


Pula Villa Tisa
Owner: Darko Čuturilo
Address: Premanturska cesta 27, Pula, Croatia
Rent: 70 €


Pula Apartman Mimoza
Owner: Tihana Čurović
Address: Vukovarska 13, Pula, Croatia
Rent: 40 €


Pula Apartments Jeromela
Owner: Manda and Vladimir Jeromela
Address: Mala Vala 245, Valbandon, Pula, Croatia
Rent: 49 €


Pula Apartmani Vitasović Pula
Owner: Stjepan Vitasović
Address: Ližnjemoro 21, Pula, Croatia
Rent: 45 €