The Pula Forum used to be the central square of Antique-period and mediaeval Pula, and its purpose and appearance draw the attention of numerous tourists. Today, it represents the most important architectural element of Pula's historic city core and is the only preserved example of this type of construction in Croatia. Visit Pula and discover the distinguishing features of this valuable cultural monument!
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- The forum was built during the time of Emperor Augustus (1st century), and the nearby coast was backfilled during its construction to make more room. In Roman times, all vital city functions took place at the forum: religious ceremonies, government and court proceedings, and business transactions.
- Three temples were located in the northern part of the forum: one central temple dedicated to Jupiter, Juno and Minerva and two equally-sized side temples. Of all of these temples, only the Temple of Augustus has survived in its entirety (you can enter the temple and view a small exhibition of ancient stone and bronze sculptures). Of the other side temple, the Temple of Diana, only the rear wall remains, which has been literally incorporated into the 13th century city hall building. The central temple was demolished after the fall of Rome by Christians embittered by Roman persecution.
- From the forum, head to the Arena, the 6th largest amphitheatre in the world, and also make sure to visit the 1st century Arch of the Sergii (500m southeast of the Temple of Augustus).
- If you’re visiting during the summer hot season, find refreshment underground at a cool 20°C! Walk to the Zerostrasse Gallery in Carrarina Street and hear the story of Pula’s underground tunnels, which can hold up to 50,000 people, including you.
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