Well known and one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres in whole the world, it is a real emblem of my hometown of Pula. According to the documents it was built at the beginning of the 1th century in the time of emperor Claudius, and served mostly for the cruel gladiators games. It is the fifth biggest amphitheatres in whole the world.
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Poreè is one of the main tourist centres of Croatia situated on the western shore of Istria. The streets of Poreè are paved with the traces of great cultures: Hellenic, Romanesque and others. If you stroll through Poreè you will discover a series of interesting and beautiful scenes which will not leave you indifferent.
Sergius Triumphal Arch
This corinthian style portal was built in the 1st century b.c. (probably arround 30-27 b.c.)and is better known as The Golden Gate.
In fact the Golden Gate (Porta Aurea) was the actual gate that provided entrance trough the city walls. It is supposed that, from the 12 city gates that existed, Porta Aurea was the most beautiful, with its golden parts.
The Arch had no gate function, but a honorary one for the roman Sergius Family. It has also to do with the battle of Actium.
In the picture you can see the exterior view, as you enter the Old Town
Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas
We passed by this church while we had parked on the heights of Pula, right over the arena. I felt that it looked nice but now, I am unable to find its name ! Shame on me !
Thanks to Boris VT Croisbeauty that identified it for me and gave me the following comment (I hope I am dropping it on the right picture !)
The Orthodox Church of St. Nicholas - formerly the church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, originated in the 6th century on the remains of a Roman building (probably a temple). The church was given a new front in the Romanesque style around 1200. In the17th century Romanesque portal was replaced with a square door and the Baroque windows were added. During Venetian rule the church was in 1538 given over to the Greek orthodox population that had moved to Pula from Cyprus and Nauplion. Now it is the property of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The Archaeological Museum
The Museum was established in 1925, in the building of the former German grammar school.
The museum holds prehistoric exibition with exibits from Palaeolithic to the Bronze, monuments of the Roman material culture, and Olive and Vine growing in Istria in antiquity.