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The Arena in Pula

Pula, Croatia
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Ranked #1 of 24 attractions in Pula
Type: Ancient Ruins, Arenas/ Stadiums/ Fields
Description: The Arena in Pula is a 1st century Roman amphitheatre. The arena is the 6th largest in the world.
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Maastricht, The Netherlands
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94 reviews 94 reviews
68 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

This „Arena” (local name) or Amfitheater is impressive and it is a must to see this from inside. This Roman amphitheater has 4 side towers and is entirely preserved. Constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD ( same time as Colosseum in Rome)and is one of the 6 largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. (entree 40 kuna - 6... More

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Kerry ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

There are parts of the Arena which are unique to Pula and cannot be found in the Rome version. It is a must visit for everyone along with many other quality sites.

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Austin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Even though the day was windy and rainy, we really enjoyed the Pula Amphitheater. Our guide was excellent, and pointed out that it was the only arena built on a hill. She showed us the section that has been laser-cleaned; it gleams white while the rest of the structure is a dull grey. After touring the arena itself, we descended... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This was our first visit to Pola, the place where my parents and grandparents were born when it was part of Italy. Seeing the Arena from the outside and then walking around inside left me speechless and quite teary remembering all the stories I'd heard since I was little. The Arena is one of 5 best preserved amphitheaters in the... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

This is the most inspiring historic site in Croatia which is being restored all the time under qualified supervision.

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Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

This made our list of top five favorite experiences during our 2 week Croatian vacation. The arena far exceeded our expectations. It was well preserved and I liked that you could sit and soak it all in...or wander through the fight ring. It was Feb, so we had the place to ourselves...very magical. Highly recommend.

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Zagreb, Croatia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

It's hard not to be inspired by the immensity of the structure itself, the history surrounding each and every building block. To know that once there stood a gladiator, a roman soldier, a commoner, a two thousand years worth of stories. I had the privilege to attend several concerts held up there, a ballet and a Histria movie festival.

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Segovia, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Arena is located in the center of town, near the port. You can't miss it because Pula is a small town. It is worth a look because it is a perfect example of the remains of Roman culture. Guide told us that many well-known artists had a concert there (eg Norah Jones, Joe Cocker ...). Imagine listening to your favorite... More

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Skopje, Karpos, Macedonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Wonderful place to visit, I've made a lot of photos.I'm in Pula for the first time in my life and I am very excited.

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Centennial, Colorado
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The amphitheater in Pula, Croatia is one of the largest in the world and much of it is intact. They are restoring it which is a credit to their city and country as it is at great expense. Built of limestone with stones anchored with iron rods to keep them in place. A remarkable concept in it's day. It gets... More

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