Roman Amphitheater, Pula
Promoted as the most complete Roman amphitheater, that may only apply to its external walls.
The interior suffered the common transformations of most Croatian monuments, and shows almost nothing of its original structure.
Much smaller than its brother, in Rome, it is a magnificent building, deserving the quick mandatory visit.
In a park near amphitheater and by the sea, there's sculpture that calls for attention of passer-by: on its top, a partisan stands with raised fist, on the ground level, there are men facing death in thier last seconds of life, their bodies broken and naked, their faces scream in agony. This sculpture was built in Yugoslavija times to commemorate the antifascist victims and partisan struggle in WWII.
Indeed, a bold gesture and while some find it disputing, the artwork is admirable.
1 st century Roman Amphitheatre. The Arena is the only remaining roman amphitheatre to have four side towers. The walls are limestone. Today theatre productions and concerts are held. The Amphitheatre is depicted on the reverse of the Croation 10 kuna banknote.
Pula amphitheatre is one of the six largest roman amphitheatres in existence today. It was originally a smaller theatre built by Claudius until the Vespians enlarged it in AD 79. It was enlarged for the gladiator fights that would see 23,000 spectators and it had 20 entrances.
It was intact until the 15th century when parts were of the stone were used to build the castle and other buildings in the city.
Now it is used for musical events and can seat 5,000 people.
This is the most important monument in Pua, also called the Arena of Pula, the site of gladiator fights during the Rpa,m era. Built in the 1st century during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the magnificent Colosseum in Rome.
The Amfitheatre is not only the largest Roman ruin in Pula, but it is also likely the first one you will see if you come into the city by train or by bus. It is the sixth largest amfitheatre in the world and was constructed in the first century BC. The amfitheatre itself is spectacular, although going inside is probably only for those who are history or architecture buffs. The inside, which is still intact, was quarried to provide the limestone used in locals' housing. In the 16th century the Venetians wanted to move what remained of the structure to Venice, but, luckily, they were dissuaded by the local politicans. The real mystery is why such a large structure was built in such a small Roman town (22 000 seats for a town of 5000). It does, nonetheless, present the perfect backdrop for plenty of pictures.
The arena was started around 30 BC during the reign of Emporer Augustus. It was completed in the 1st century and is the 6th largest Roman amphitheatre in the world.
It is built from Istrian limestone and measures 130m across and 100m wide. It int's time it would have held 20,000 spectators for gladitorial contests. Today it still hosts major concerts.
A complete, intact amphitheatre (cost 20kn per person). It even has the rooms below that the gladiators & lions used to be kept in before being sent into the arena - ther's a museum in there with lots of pottery found (again mainly intact).
Worth a visit.
Visit the Roman ampitheatre; Its one of the largest and best preserved in existence and could seat 23,000 spectators. The venetians had wanted to dismantle it and rebuild it on the lido! but thankfully the scheme was dropped. Gladiator fights and contests between christians and beasts took place here.
Famous Amphitheater in Pula is the sixth among the biggest Roman arenas which have remained up to now. Amphitheater, built in 1st century under rules of Vespasian The Emperor , has 3 floors and more than 30 meters height, in the past it could put up almost 25 thousands people. In its beginning it was a place for gladiator fights, afterward it become a market place. Now, because of its brilliant acoustics they very often organize concerts there (rock, opera are others). The museum is located inside the Amphitheater (or rather under it).
The huge amphitheatre from the 1st/2nd century, which seated 20,000 people.
This never-ending circle of arches, towers and fenastrations - partly leaning against the sides of the hill rising at its eastern edge - extends 132.50 meters in length at its longer axis, and to 105.10 meters at its shorter. Seen from the sea Arena stands 32.45 meters high. According to expert estimate the construction of the outer mantle alone consists of 8.228 cubic meters of stone, which had to be transported here, cut and dressed. The Arena, the Arena of Pula, ranks sixth in siye among the world's amphitheatres and is, according to many oppinions, the most harmonius, the most beautiful! The Arena is a great scroll of remembrance in stone; echoing with the ring of hammer on chisel, with creaking of massive winches, with the scream of the gladiator and the lion's roar, all virtually drowned by waves of thunderous noise from the concourse rolling through the laureal leaves and across the pools of blood that are soon consumed in the gluttonous sand.
Just wow! This is one of the largest Roman theatres in the entire world and we had the pleasure of visiting it on the 4th of June, 2012. Me striking a pose in front of the impressive arches.
This Amphitheatre dates back to the 1st century AD. It's remarkable! Go in a nd walk around and enjoy travelling back in time!
The amphitheater downtown is a leftover from Roman times, but public events are still held there. Underneath are artifacts used in the making of olive oil.
The Amphitheatre in Pula build in the first century. It is one of the fifth largest theatres in the world
marvellous building, in great condition for it's age! Really should be visited, then I guess that's the reason most people visit Pula in the first place?