Must See Attractions Pula Croatia

Introduction

It has a lot to offer in terms of historical attractions, so it’s definitely worth staying for more than just one day. In this article, you will discover some of the most beautiful sights in Pula and learn more about its rich history. Let’s discuss some great Pula attractions today and plan your next visit to this great city!

Archaeological Museum of Istria

If you’re looking for ancient artefacts and relics, the archaeological museum of Istria should be your first port of call. The museum is located in Pula and has a large collection of ancient artefacts from both glass blowing techniques to Roman wall paintings.

If you have time on your hands, don’t forget to visit this attraction as it has something for everyone; it’s one of the must see attractions in Pula!

Pula Cathedral

Pula Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Pula, Croatia. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of Pula in Croatia. The cathedral is the largest and most important religious building in the city of Pula.

The cathedral was built between 1144 and 1209, with further additions up to 1579 when it became a basilica minor by papal bull on June 14th that year from Pope Gregory XIII (the same pope who introduced the Gregorian calendar). During this time period it was dedicated to Saint Donatus, who was martyred during Diocletianic Persecution for his Christian beliefs. Construction began under Hungarian rule but continued after Venice conquered Istria in 1345 until its completion as part of a general rule to build churches throughout their territories; many were built or rebuilt as cathedrals during this period including nearby Rovinj Cathedral which shares similarities with both architectural styles due to being constructed at around same time period.

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Temple of Augustus

The Temple of Augustus is a temple dedicated to the emperor Augustus. It was built in the 1st century AD, and it’s one of the most important monuments in Pula. The temple is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

If you want to visit this ancient structure, it’s quite easy—just follow these steps:

  • Take bus #13 or #15 from Pula to Medulin (about 15 minutes).
  • After getting off at Medulin, take bus #3A or 3B for about 10 minutes (you can get off at Mlini). From there, walk about 10 minutes until you reach your destination!

Amphitheatre Pula Arena

The Arena is the largest amphitheatre in the world and is considered to be one of the best preserved Roman amphitheatres worldwide.

This amazing ancient structure was built in 27 BC and was used as a venue for gladiator fights, animal hunts and public executions until it fell into disrepair during the medieval period. It’s still used today for performances and concerts, but it also serves as a great place to explore by foot. There are many shops around that sell souvenirs, snacks and drinks at reasonable prices so you can make your visit even more enjoyable!

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Arch of the Sergii

The Arch of the Sergii is a Roman triumphal arch built in honour of the three brothers who founded Pula. It was built in the first century BC, which makes it one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Croatia. It’s located in central Pula, and you can’t miss it, a great Pula attraction! 

Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria

If you’re interested in the history of Istria, this museum is a must-visit. Located in the old town, it has over 5,000 exhibits that date back to prehistoric times. The collection includes weapons, ceramics and coins as well as various other items from the past.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 10:00 – 19:00; Saturday: 10:00 – 15:00; Sunday Closed (only on public holidays)

Cost: Adults €4; Children €2; Pensioners €3; Free entrance for children under 6 years old (on Saturdays)

  • What to see? *

The collection includes weapons (from prehistoric times), ceramics and coins/medals/medieval art pieces depicting religious themes along with everyday life scenes during those times through modern 20th century periods until today’s society in Istria with its rich cultural heritage of folklore traditions which are still alive today! The museum also houses one of only two existing copies of “Luigi Rossini” paintings known worldwide which depict Turkish naval fleet attacking town Nafplion at sea during Battle of Navarino 1821 against French army led by general Maison who defended city unsuccessfully despite being outnumbered 7/1 ratio against them! You can also see life size wax model statue replica made using latest technology available today about famous people such as Napoleon Bonaparte or Winston Churchill etc…

The Venetian Gate

The Venetian Gate is a city gate in Pula, Croatia. It was built in the 15th century by the Venetian rulers of Pula and is one of the most beautiful monuments to see in this city.

The gate was built as a symbol of Venetian power and wealth, but also as a defense tower against invaders who might enter through Pula’s harbor on ships. When you walk through this gate and look around you can see how much thought went into its construction—the walls are wide enough for two people to walk alongside each other comfortably, but not so wide that they make it hard to defend if attacked. In addition, there is an underground tunnel that connects with another fortification built by the Romans called “Castrum” (which means “fortress”). This tunnel allowed soldiers from Castrum access into town via their own fortification without being seen by anyone passing through Venetian Gate itself

Pula sky view

Zerostrasse

Zerostrasse is a street in the old town of Pula, Croatia. It is named after its most well-known resident, Antonio Aricò who lived here from 1811 to 1879. The street runs parallel to Via delle Mura and stretches from the southern entrance of this ancient city towards its northern end simultaneously crossing Trg Braće Jerković (Brothers Jerković Square) and ending at Trg Šime Budinića (Šime Budinić Square).

Zerostrasse is the oldest street in Pula as it was first built during Roman times. During these times it was known as Decumanus Maximus or Cardo Maximus which meant “the main north-south road” as it served as a main axis for all medieval streets within Pula’s walls. Zerostrasse also has another name: “Il Corso”. This name refers only to a short section between Riva Barcolana and Stradun but you can find engravings on many buildings along Zerostrasse that indicate they were once part of Il Corso until they were moved later on due to construction work or other reasons

you must see these places when visiting pula

  • Archaeological museum of Istria
  • Pula Cathedral
  • Temple of Augustus
  • Amphitheatre Pula Arena
  • Arch of Sergii (or Gate of Hercules) The Venetian Gate was erected by the Venetians to protect their southern border from the Austrians during World War II. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular attractions in Pula.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the attractions that you can see in this city. There are still many more interesting places to visit, one of them is the Pula Cathedral which has a historical value that dates back to ancient times. The most important thing is having fun during your trip, so have fun and enjoy yourself! 

A huge thanks to Pula Tourism board for teaming up with me on this blog post!