Pula is a city in Croatia, part of the Istria peninsula. The city is built at the end of a beautiful bay, on seven hills; it reveals many lovely and interesting stories. The natural beauty of Pula's surrounding countryside and turquoise cristal clear water have made the city a popular summer vacation.
Visit the amazing Amphitheatre, a monument built in the 1st century, which was once the site of gladiator fights. The arena is the 6th largest in the world, as it is believed that it could seat about 20,000 spectators.
The Temple of Augutus is not to be missed, situated in the Forum, it is dedicated to goddes Roma and Emperor Augustus. Nowadays, it houses a collection of ancient stone and bronze sculptures.
Another important architectural building in Pula, is the Gate of Hercules. It stands between two towers, simply constructed out of stone blocks. At the top of the damaged arch, there is a carving of Hercule's head and his truncheon.
Many tourists in Pula find that the religious sites, are worth a visit. The Church and Monastery of St.Francis for example. It was built in 1314 in the late romanesque style, with Gothic ornaments. It is a very wonderfull place, simple and peaceful.
Pula's coastal waters offer beaches, fishing, cliff diving, wreck dives to ancient Roman galleys, and sailing to unspoiled nature areas.