Pula Amphitheare in Croatia
The Amphitheater in Pula in Croatia was completed around 81 AD. It is the sixth largest ancient amphitheater and the white limestone facade is largely original. At that time it offered space for almost 26,000 people. Unfortunately, over the centuries, the interior fell victim to constant overexploitation.
Since 1993 it is not only the symbol of Pula in Istria but also one of the most beautiful and popular venues for cultural events, concerts and festivals in Croatia.
Up until the 5th century, “bread and circuses” were the program of this Roman amphitheatre, which is still connected to the old town center of Pula via the Via Flavia. The up to 26,000 spectators were offered gladiator fights, animal hunts and probably sea battles like in Rome. The amphitheater consists of rows of arcades arranged one above the other with 72 arches and a crowning upper floor punctuated by 64 rectangular window niches. The maximum height is approx. 32.5 meters.
Below the arena, where the animal cages, machinery and equipment used to be, there is now a permanent exhibition on the history of oil and wine cultivation from Roman times, as well as a Exhibition of amphorae showing the then trade relations of Istria. You can find more here Information on the building history.