Pula

Pula

Roman arena

Pula, the largest city of Istria, is located on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula.

 

Pula, the largest city of Istria, is located on the southern tip of the Istrian peninsula. Its most famous monument, the amphitheatre in Pula, is the largest and best-preserved monument of ancient architecture in Croatia. Compared to other Roman amphitheatres of the world, Pula’s is a rare example of interesting technical and technological solutions, and when it comes to size, it is the 6th largest in the world. This elliptical building was built through several stages during the first century, and it is believed that the first began back in the time of Emperor Augustus. The amphitheatre is also called Divić-city (old Slavic; divić –miracle), a name that emerged from the legend about Istrian fairies. Legend has it that luck-bringing fairies were also builders and that they were the ones who built the Arena. However, they were nocturnal creatures so they could only build until dawn when they would stop work and leave. Therefore, as the story goes, Divić-city remained unfinished and without a roof.