Friday, December 29, 2017

Croatia | Istrian Peninsula | Pula

From Venice I wandered on down to Pula in Croatia.
Old Roman-era portal leading to the old town of Pula (click on photos for enlargements)
Statue of James Joyce outside a cafe he frequented when he lived in Pula
Square in the old town of Pula, which is a pedestrians-only area. It was early morning so there was no one about.
Temple of Augustus, built by Emperor Augustus (r. 27 BC–AD 14), said to be the oldest Roman monument in Croatia. On the right is a Neo-Pagan tree offering.
The most famous Roman monument in Pula is the Amphitheater built in the first century a.d. by Roman Emperor Vespasian (r. 69–79). The amphitheater seated about 20,000. Gladiators fought each other here (whether they fought to the finish is unclear), and also fought wild beasts like lions and tigers, whose cages can still be seen. Nowadays we have only the NFL. But James Harrison would have made a great gladiator!






By the fifth century the teachings of the Nazarene, a temple to whom can be seen in the background, had replaced the pagan beliefs of the Romans and gladiatorial bouts were outlawed. Nowadays the amphitheater hosts concerts, film festivals, and other cultural events. Boring!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.