Originally from the 6th century, escaping from demolitions and bombs, this small chapel, standing beside a small garden that replaced a quarter erased in WW2, was built in Ravenna's style.
It seems that it had some rich mosaics that were moved to the Archaeological Museum of Istria.
The largest and the most important building erected in Pula during Byzantine rule was the basilica of St. Maria Formosa. The complex of the church built in 6th century did not withstand the ravages of time. The Venetians afflicted heavy damages as early as 13th century, and written reports from 16th century inform that the church was in dilapidated conditions. Only the south funerary chapel that was annexed to the church has managed to survive completely.
This are remains of the basilica of St. Mary Formoza from 6th century, in fact this is the only preserved part of it, the southern chapel.
It was the largest and most important building erected in Pula during Byzantine rule. It seems that the church was built on the ruins of the temple of Minerva.
After Venetians afflicted heavy damages in the 13th century, the beautiful decorated marble columns of the interior arches were taken to Venice.
The preserved chapel is a very well proportioned building.
Sveta MAarija Formosa (St. Mary's chapel) is the remains of a 6th century basilica built by a local boy called Maximian who later became Archbishop of Ravenna. Many of its treasures were carted off to Venice - including the four alabaster colums that now grace the high altar of St. Marks!
The Chapel of Santa Maria Formosa dates back to the 6th century.
What stands out so much here is the pink coloured brick. This was the only structure I saw in Pula that has it.