Once we arrived it was off to explore Pula as it’s \240really the only day we have to see what it has to offer. We found our AirB&B, dropped off backpacks and heading out. First we made our way to the Pula Market before it closed. Fish, Meat & Veg (throw in some cheese and honey) and your set.
Next : the Romans
1. Arch of the Sergii - A slightly older Roman monument is this triumphal arch that was erected to commemorate the powerful Sergii family’s participation in the pivotal Battle of Actium in France. It dates to about 30 BC.
2. The church and monastery of St. Francis - \240Pula’s Franciscan church is from the 1300s when this monastic order first arrived at the city.
An interesting bit to this church was the turtles in the courtyard🙂
3. Temple of Augustus - The temple was built during the reign of Augustus, which makes it more than 2,000 years old.This temple has survived because it was converted into a church when the Romans adopted Christianity, although later it became a granary before settling on its present role of lapidarium in the 19th century.
4. Arena - The Pula Arena is the name of the amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World.
5. Floor mosaic “The Punishment of Dirce”
After the bombing of World War II remains of Roman houses with mosaics were found under the block of houses around the Chapel of St. Maria Formosa. The most impressive one is surely the floor mosaic with the central field presenting the mythological scene of the “Punishment of Dirce”(Amphion and Zethus are tying Dirce to an enraged bull, since out of envy Dirce had been cruel to their mother Antiope.) This figural scene presents the central field of a large floor mosaic composition (12 m x 6 m). The entire mosaic composition is divided into two equal sections with altogether 40 decorated areas dominated by geometrical patterns with animal details (fish and bird). The mosaic covered the floor of a central room of a Roman house, probably from the 3rd century. It has been preserved at the site where it was found, so that the level of house floors in the Roman times, which is 2 m below today’s level, is clearly visible.
Another small Roman arena
View from our flat for the next 4 days.
We decided to eat our larger meal around 2pm as being a tourist is challenging and hungry work😉 Lunch today was had at Jupiter a local recommended wood fired pizza place and it was great. We fueled up then continued our sightseeing. At about 6:30 we headed back to the flat and then heard opera from somewhere out in the night. J went out to investigate and in the arena (next door) a rehearsal was going on for AIDA.