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    Kaštel

    by montezaro Updated Aug 5, 2004

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    Kaštel Hill dominates the historic centre of the town. On the top of it stands the huge fortress, which is turned into the WW II Museum nowadays. The history of the Kaštel (fortified town) goes back into the Roman times of the town, later on pulled down and rebuilt by the Venetian Republic which ruled the town of Pula for many centuries. In the Hapsburg times the city of Pula was major war harbour of the imperium and the Kaštel had very important strategic role in coltrolling the harbour.
    From the top of the high tower you have the splendid view of the town and its close surroundings.

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    Franjevacka crkva

    by montezaro Updated Aug 5, 2004

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    The city street, which goes around the Kaštel, brings you above the Franciscan Church and Monastery, offering you the magnificent view of this important historic sight of Pula. It is the unique place from where you can see the whole complex of the Franciscan's property, including the garden with remnants from the Roman times of the town.

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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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    Vizace - Nesactium

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    About ten km to the east of Pula, near the airport, is Vizace, one of the most significant archeological localities in Istria. A very important prehistorical settlement which in the Illyrian period became the main political and religious center of the Illyrian tribe Histri. Vizace was called Nesactium in that time.
    Within the fort-hill settlement a large Histrian necropolis of cremated burial remains have been discovered. The necropolis has been dated to the time from the 11th to the 4th century BC.
    Roman troops overran Nesactium after the decisive victory over the Histrians under the walls of the settlement in 177 BC. A Roman settlement (municipium)began developing on this site and numerous conserved remnants of this architecture are visible today. A capitol with three temples built in the 2nd century merits special attention.
    Nesactium was destroyed during the Slav-Avarian forays into Istria between 599-611 and was never restored.

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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.

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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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    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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    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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    Mornaricko groblje

    by croisbeauty Updated Mar 20, 2005

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    This is a tombstone of an K und K admiral of the Italian origins.
    When strolling around the cemetery a very different family names can be noticed, most of them are of the Croat origins, but also of Austrian, Italian and Hungarian origins.

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    Beram and Its Beautifu Frescoes

    by BruceDunning Updated Oct 27, 2010

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    Dance of Death frescoe
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    This hilltop village has only 250 people. Formation of a settlement dates back to early BC based on archaeological findings in the 1800's. The village once was surrounded by a defensive wall. A number of the houses are from 15-17th centuries. The center is anchored by the the church of St. Martin that was built in 1431. It has had a modernization, but the interior infrastructure remains, along with some frescoes from inception. The church is usually closed.
    The more important is the church of St. Mary (Sveta Marija na Skirlinah) from the Middle Ages. This was the church by the cemetery and in 1474 Vincent of Kastav painted frescoes of the life of Jesus and Mary, as well as the adornment of the of saints and poses of death nell for rulers and gentry in the middle of the Dance of Death painting. In the 18th century, the walls was mortared over, so preserved a lot of the frescoes, which were re-discovered in 1913. This is by far close to equal of Giotto frescoes in Padova chapel in Italy.
    You need to find the woman that opens the door to St. Mary by going to #38 house in the square, and she takes you down to the church; about 1/2 mile down the hill. Tip her for that is all she earns for this.
    Take autohighway A8 to Pazin and go through it for 6 more miles on way toward Motovun.

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    Labin-A Wonderful Hilltop Setting

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    View of topt and winding streets
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    As you wind up the road toward the top of the hill , the impressive monuments stand out. This was one of the better villages to stop for a day or so and enjoy all the sites to tour, and the old architecture. The coal mining industry was what kept this town thriving and finally ceased operation in 1988. In the museum, they have a replicated mine underground (not for the claustrophobic). The museum is a great presentation of ethnographic items and artifacts of the town, in a setting of a beautiful palace. On the top if the Fortica-fortress remains. It has been controlled by Pazin rulers in 1300's. The town has done a splendid job of directing you to all the sites. Do not forget to go to the top of the tower for a view of the Adriatic and Rabac for only $2 fee.
    Take Hwy 66 that becomes Hwy 21 and go for 25 miles north.

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    Vodnjan

    by BruceDunning Updated Jun 10, 2010

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    St. Blaz church front
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    The town is only 8 miles from Pula, and a nice place to see the churches and the streets with shops and everyday living. It became a military outpost for the Romans in early AD, then control was transferred territorial intruders until Venetian empire got possession in 1331. That lasted until 1797, when Austria then took over the rule.
    The town has many preserved old buildings from the 17th-19th centuries. Church St. Blaize is the iconic wonder of the town, and it has the the remains of St. Blaize there for viewing. There is a small museum besides with some treasury items and religious artifacts. Palazzo Bettica is the main square with many Gothic style buildings.

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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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    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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