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    Comunal Palace

    by solopes Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Top example of the historical "salad" that Croatia became, here we have a historical building using old remains of other historical buildings. It's a hard and respectful effort to preserve, but it is also a visual mess.

    Till now, the final and prevailing style is Venetian. But... till when? Impressive, again!

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    Twin Gates and city walls

    by solopes Updated Dec 13, 2012

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    Imagine a medieval barricade, built in a hurry, while the enemy approaches: Everything possible was used, and so, stones, pillars and maybe statues were piled in despair.

    Time passed and the now useless walls were destroyed, but a small part stands, by the kept twin doors. Browse the walls - Impressive!

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    Kastel

    by croisbeauty Updated Feb 3, 2012

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    The most important and the oldest fortification architecture is the large bastion fort on the hill Kastel. The bastion was built on a height above the city, strategically the most prominent place, where the principal city defence fort had stood and was modified during the millennia. It is actually Venetian fortress Citadel which dominates the high ground in the center of the city.
    The Historical Museum of Istria is today located in the fort.
    The local population called it Kastel.

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    St. Nishola's Church

    by croisbeauty Updated Nov 7, 2011

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    The present Orthodox Church of St. Nicolas, formerly the church of the Native of the Virgin Mary, originated in 6th century on the remains of a Roman building (oribably a temple).
    During Venetian rule the church was in 1538 given over to the Greek orthodox population that had moved to Pula from Cyprus and Nauplion.

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    Giardini - the trees and tables to sit

    by picek Updated Jun 24, 2011

    At historic edge of Pula, by the triumphal arch of Sergi and next to ruins of a city wall there's impressive leafy area of Giardini, whose trees grows into monumental heights and cast thick shade. Relaxing under their canopies will be true treat for your senses especially on a hot summer day or evening.
    It makes for an atmospheric place - with tables lined on the pavement under canopies, people indulging in vivid talks, busy side streets with fast food outlets, banks, bus stop, small shops and agencies outlets... many services used by local and foreign men within area that connects Ancient to (post)Modern periods of time.
    The size of trees suggest long life of a park - and it was in 19th century that first plants were grown here. Laters it become platform for public events and gatherings, therefore living its life fullest. It remains till today one of the most appreciated sections of the city - and it's a pleasure to have an early morning coffee there.

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    ... and looking for antique stuff

    by picek Updated Jun 24, 2011

    There's also small antique market in a side street near main open doors 'tr┼żnica': more like flea market where some barganing comes useful if you're buying something. It's only kept before noon on Saturdays and light stroll will reveal plenty of stuff considered 'antique'. Well, some things are just old, others are kind of recent. Bank notes, records, coins, second hand souvenirs, old postcards, posters, dolls, books, dishes and lamps, handicarfts, some knifes and arms, military jackets and helmets... hectic collection of stuff from who knows where.
    Sold by some unique faces of Pula, an image of some certainly draws attention to their corner and helps them sell their stuff... well, among all that competition it's important to be noticed, one or the other way.

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    where all streets end

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Today's main square of Pula is evolved from Forum of Roman era - therefore it continues to bear the same name yet within different time frame and entierly different population. The natural question comes whether you're on rush visit to have time to sit down for some fish and wine at some of a few forum's restaurants, or you'll just collect bits and pieces of Pula's historic heart. I guess first option is the most pleasant one.

    Another person may consider having some wine here at the cafe - and will enjoy watching the flow of people in late evening when historic architecture is illuminated... the nearby streets extending from other corners of a square, town's hall, Dom branitelja, Augusutus temple... and there is sea very close to it!

    In conclusion - Forum remains in the heart of public life from Antiquity till today. By day and sometimes by night when only a place or two are open.

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    through monumental gates

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Every now and then you may actually enter the oldest part of Pula through Triumphal arch of the Sergi, which is somewhat symbolic passage between leafy and easy going 'gardens' of Giardini to the colorful and vibrant, stone paved Sergijevaca street which will eventually lead you to Forum.

    The arch was built between 29-27 BC, dedicated to Pula's significant and powerful family of Sergi (and especially to three Sergi brothers), themselves being high ranking officials and soldiers during Roman times for that corner of empire. Beautifully decorated structure symbolizes the conquest at battle of Aticum and it's now one of the town's most inspiring buildings, the gates whose wine relief expresses one of the favourite plants of people of Antiquity and suggests pleasures derived from enjoing it in its fermented and liquid form.

    James Joyce sees the gates from a terrace of a cafe next to it and only in the middle of night, these key points of Pula seem little deserted upon still warm stone.

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    somehow 'the main street' - Sergijevaca

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Liked said before, Sergi's were powerful and high ranking officials in Istria during times of Roman and beside triumphal gates, the main street in old Pula is named upon them; now this is also Pula's busiest promenade, traffic free area, paved with stone, little curved so you cannot see it all straight till the other end, lined by traditional Mediterranean houses, some freshly colored with some Renaissance decoration and other plain simple. It takes some minutes walking between the Arch of Sergi and Forum to take the distance between both ends.

    The street hosts loads of souvenir shops, some galleries, fashion shops, sidestreet cafes and small restaurants; stream of people during summer inhabit it at all times from early morning till late in night, but even during the darkest hours it remains illuminated, and for my taste - it's 5 am when the street is the most pleasant, especially if you had been with a nice company and had a good wine till the morning.

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    celebrating artefacts of Antiquity

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    If you're into Ancient history, drop a visit to Augustus temple - impressive Roman era built shrine from 1st century AD as one of the oldest buildings consisting the edge of a Forum. It was originally dedicated to godess Roma and to emperor Augustus, whom reigned in that time and by all logic, it was built in centre of town, at the main square. Exhibited inside are the remaining and well preserved stone sculptures and relieves from that historic period from Istrian archeological sites and with detail worth to study closely. Indeed, a proof of vibrant events and complex societies inhabiting those grounds!

    The grand stairs and massive columns of a shrine provide excellent site to sit down on evenings and form here, a little elevated view reveals the actual activity at the square. And when it rains, without umbrella, its roof welcomes you too.

    It's indeed tiny museum, but atmospheric one.

    Adults pay 10 kuna per ticket and may buy some Pula souvenirs at the reception desk. You may want to have one of those fake amphoras with you, as the real ones are too precious to be sold.

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    shopping at Pulas main outdoor market

    by picek Updated Jun 23, 2011

    Best place to buy vegetable, fruit and local food products - though not necessary cheaper than supermarket; but the pleasure of face to face shopping evolves almost into monumental spheres in this square under chestnut trees: the tradition of interaction between a costumer and seller continues from ancient times. These things deserve to live and let's not only stand by side as observants. Let's be part of the action and bring home some of the delicios things of Istria. They're real treasure. Consider some honey, olive oil or jams, but why not also some nice rakija, nuts, maybe dried figs and dried sponges?

    Saturdays and noons are best - take a look at organic section that takes place on that particular day for the highest local quality.

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    Carwash and dry cleaning of car interior

    by FRONA Updated Apr 4, 2011

    I can recommend this funny tip only for a reason:
    this is the best service I have ever received in Croatia in anything I did!
    Edi Kuftic, the owner, picked up my car, did a splendid job on the car interior, did exterior too (didnt ask for it and he didnt charge extra) and then brought the car to me! Unbelieavable service! Hats off for EDI cleaning!
    They also do deep cleaning of boats and carpets!

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  • Internet center

    by mahac Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Very nice, comfortable and peaceful place. The best Internet center I've been see. Nice atmosphere, good equipment, reasonable prices and hospitable and friendly service. It was a pleasant surprise to find an internet center that is so nicely organized. Beautifully equipped and air conditioned premises, free juices and sweets, an easygoing atmosphere will make your stay pleasant and unforgettable.

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    Shipyards

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 26, 2010

    The shipyards on an island in the middle of Pula Bay. Uljaik since 1856 for Austro-Hungarian navy. After the fall of Italy in WW11 it became a German Naval base. From 1947 renovated under the Republic of Yugoslavia. In 1990 it became a joint stock company in the Republic of Croatia.

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    Climb Tower ROVINJ

    by alectrevor Updated Sep 26, 2010

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    St Euphemias Church dominates Rovinj from the top of the peninsula is an 18th century Baroque church. A climb to the top of the tower gives great views, costs 10 kuna paid at desk in church. The steps are wooden , and you emerge through a trap door at the top. (see picture)

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