Pula Off The Beaten Path

  • Arriving at the Chapel of St. Maria Formosa.
    Arriving at the Chapel of St. Maria...
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  • Walking our way around the chapel.
    Walking our way around the chapel.
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  • Chapel of St. Maria Formosa of Pula.
    Chapel of St. Maria Formosa of Pula.
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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    In front of the Main entrance to the cemetery stands this cute little chapel. Right now there are no funeral services here, it is only the monument to the passing times. It worth to see the whole complex of the cemetery.

    Graveyard chapel Mornaricko groblje
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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    There exist an Memorial cemetery in the town of Pula, for all the marine soldiers and officers killed under the Kaiserliche und Koenigliche Dual black-yellow monarchy. The cemetery is situated about 500 meters far from the Church of Our Lady, in the direction of Stoja.

    Austrians, Italians, Croats, Bosniaks..... mariners of muslim religion
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    Roman mosaic

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 17, 2005

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    A very large and completely reserved mosaic pavement in the central room of a Roman house not far from St. Mary Formosa was discovered while digging for the foundations of new buildings. The mosaic is 12 metres long and 6 metres wide, and because of its state of preservation, the richness of form and its artistic value, it was treated, restored and preserved in the place where it was found and where it can be viewed.
    The mosaic was composed in 2nd and 3rd century, and is divided into two unequal parts. The central field of the second part is most significant, showing the mythological scene of the Punishment of Dierce.

    Roman mosaic
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    Balconies

    by croisbeauty Written Jan 25, 2005

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    In the past, the town of Pula was important maritime military centre, eversince the medieval times when Venetian Republic ruled the town. Later on, it was the biggest war harbour during the K und K rule. Being so important, the town was destroyed many times except for the remains from the Roman times.
    That is way only a few elegant medieval palaces can be seen in the old core of the town. This one, situated in Kandlerova street, have miracoulosly survived .

    Venetian styled balconies
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    Recent doorway, 1756

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Among so many Roman remains, this engraved doorway bearing the date of 1756 can be considered as a relatively recent! I have not been able to decipher the meaning of the letters on the right : R D V B F F.

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    City of the sea but strongly anchored

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    With its busy industrial, military and fishing harbors, the city of Pula is strongly sea oriented. This monument reminds that evidence and at the same time reminds that it has also a strong anchorage with inland Istria.

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    Bronze cast city

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    In the park between Sergijevaca ulica and the sea front, you will find a bronze cast miniature representation of the city of Pula. The arena, in the center allows to position. In the background, the castle is surrounded by streets describing a circle with Sergijevaca ulica and the forum.

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    Anglo-American administration !

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Who reminds, besides locals, that in 1945 a wide zone, including Trieste/Trst, Istria, Fiume/Rijeka, which future was unsettled was temporary under Allied military occupation. In 1947 the Free Territory of Trieste (FTT) was created under UN auspices. The Free Territory included the city of Trieste/Trst and a coastal zone of Istria, running from Duino along the Gulf of Trieste to Cittanova/Novigrad.
    When the Security Council was unable to agree on a governor for the territory, Anglo-American forces occupied Zone A, consisting of Italian-speaking Trieste and its environs, while the Yugoslavs occupied Zone B, the remainder of the Free Territory. Tension between Italy and Yugoslavia continued until 1954, when, in a compromise agreement reached under Western auspices, Zone A was placed under Italian administration and Zone B under Yugoslav civil administration. The solution amounted to a partition of the Free Territory, which then ceased to exist.

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    National heroes

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Monument erected to honor the national heroes 1941-1945. In Istria, many cities and sometimes in the country, along a road, you will find monuments to honor those who gave their life for their country. The death toll was very heavy.

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    Romans addicted on drugs !?

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    For full view, click on the little picture !

    This brass sign of "Forum ljekarna-farmacia" made me think of the Romans, clad in their tunic, going to chat on the forum and popping into at the chemist's to buy some aspirin because writing in Roman number gave them the headache !

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    Istria, one region, two languages

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Here, a series of plates for offices of the Istria region, acting as local ministry or departments. They show clearly that Istria is a region with two official languages, Italian and Croat. On most plates, both languages are used.

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    Antonio Smareglia

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Antonio Smareglia was born in Pula in 1854. His father was from Vodjnan.
    He was a composer of operas. His most prominent works are " Nozze Istriane" and " Oceana".

    * 1876 - Caccia Lontana,
    * 1876 - Leonora
    * 1879 - Preziosa.
    * 1882 - Bianca Da Cervia.
    * 1887 - Re Nala,
    * 1889 - Vassallo Di Szigeth.
    * 1893 - Cornill Schut
    * 1895 - Nozze Istriane.
    * 1897 - Falena.
    * 1903 - Oceana
    * 1911 - Abisso
    * 1918-1929 - Salve Regina, Pater Noster, Ave Maria, Canzoni Gradesi.

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    Nikola Tesla

    by JLBG Updated Nov 19, 2004

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    Nikola Tesla, son of an Orthodox priest, was born in 1856 in Smiljan, near Gospic, in Austria-Hungry, now Croatia and died in New-York in 1943. He said he was "Srpski rod, Hrvatska domovina". He was an electrical inventor and a brilliant person. Known for his eccentric lifestyle, Tesla nevertheless maintained a rather high social profile, despite his prolific inventiveness. Some of his phobias included pearl earrings worn by women, never staying in a hotel room or floor whose number was divisible by three, and insisting on a large number of napkins at every meal with which he would meticulously polish his silverware. Tesla had a good number of friends, one of which was Samuel Clemmons, also known as Mark Twain.
    Tesla's main claim to fame lay with his invention of the alternating current motor.
    Tesla also worked with radio-frequency electromagnetic waves, and despite the claims made by Marconi, actually did invent the idea of Radio as we know it today.
    Tesla was also responsible for a great many other inventions and devices that we take for granted today. He postulated the ability to locate objects in the air or in the ground by using radio waves. Today, we call it RADAR, and when used to peer into the human body, MRI. Tesla also created radio-control devices. His work with special gas-filled lamps set the stage for the creation of fluorescent lighting.
    It has been said that Tesla is the Forgotten Father of Technology.
    His name has been given by the "Conférence Générale des Poids et Mesure" in Paris in 1960 to the unit of magnetic field.
    Life Magazin has established a list of the "100 most important peoples in the last 1000 years". Tesla occupied the 57th position and was named as "one of the most farsighted inventors of the electrical age"
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    Ice cream celebration ?

    by JLBG Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    That amazing monument stands at the bottom of Castropola ulica, close to Kandlerova ulica. What is it standing for, I don't know! The only explantion that I can imagine is to honor the famous Croat ice-cream! But then, why is it upside down ?

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    1920 commemoration

    by JLBG Updated Sep 19, 2004

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    Commemorative plate:

    "The people of Pula to the companions fallen for the common ideal, victim of the Italian militarism in 1920" (written both in Italian and in Croat)
    LEBEK Luigi
    MRZLJAK Francesco
    SCHMELZER Odone
    SPONZA Francesco

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