Floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce

Floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce

Floor mosaic The Punishment of Dirce
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  • Laurella Walker
    Winchester, United Kingdom1,389 contributions
    Really interesting find
    A really interesting find. You will see signs behind the car park directing you to the mosaic that was only uncovered when clearing WW2 debris. Worth a look for sure if you are in the area and free to go and look.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 5, 2023
  • Dingo_6152
    Fremantle, Australia2,040 contributions
    Roman floor mosaic
    If you’re are wandering around Pula, then it’s worth checking out. It’s free to look at but a little bit hard to find. The Roman floor mosaic is Intricate and well-preserved. It has a Perspex roof overhead and a steel fence to protect it from the elements but could do with some more permanent care to prevent further deterioration. Definitely worth searching out.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 3, 2023
  • CatharineB
    Ottawa, Canada1,112 contributions
    Remains from Roman times!
    Well worth the effort trying to find this site. Located at the rear entrance of an apartment block just off Via Sergia, this mosaic was uncovered by locals who were cleaning up after a World War II bombing raid. This 3rd century floor was carefully excavated, restored and is on display exactly where it was found. It is protected by a rectangular grid, that is, you cannot step on it, you can only see it from above. This means that the Roman floor level is about six feet below today’s level. It is an ancient Roman mosaic, is largely made up of geometric flower patterns that surround a central panel that depicts the punishment of Dirce. The mythological scene which shows Dirce being tied to a bull. If you are interested, look up the story.
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Beatriz M
    Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
    In the center but hidden
    It is fun because it is hidden. The place is marked on Google maps but it is hard to guess where it is because it is in a building with a shop. It is in this park. Then you might see a sign indicating where to go. The gate should be open and the mosaic is to your right. That's it. You take one picture from above and it is over. Short visit and free!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Brooklet425
    Staunton, Virginia294 contributions
    Worth the hassle of finding
    It's worth the effort to find this place. As others have mentioned, its a bit hidden and we walked past it a few times before finally figuring out how to access it. It's hidden in the corner of parking lot near some apartments/offices and a park. It feels a bit odd to say that the story of how this mosaic was found is really cool because it's also tragic. From my understanding, it was discovered when Pula was bombed during WWII and the house that was built on top of it collapsed. Of course losing your home in a war a tragedy, but could you imagine finding something this old and historic underneath the ruins of your house? That's the part that I would refer to as "cool". It's thought that the mosaic covers the floor of what used to be a central living space in a Roman house from the 3rd century. The detail work on it is amazing and it's in incredible shape for being that old. When you realize how deep this is set into the ground, compared to the modern buildings that currently stand around it, it really makes me wonder what else is underneath the buildings of the city that hasn't been discovered yet. Clearly, modern Pula has been literally built on top of ancient Pula, so just imagine all the history that has been covered up. I appreciate that the city has it covered and protected so that no one can walk on it, but this does lead to things like trash being able to fall onto it, but not able to be picked up. Hopefully, someone does maintain the place as there were a few pieces of trash on it when we saw it.
    Visited January 2023
    Written July 23, 2023
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Laurella Walker
Winchester, UK1,389 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
A really interesting find. You will see signs behind the car park directing you to the mosaic that was only uncovered when clearing WW2 debris. Worth a look for sure if you are in the area and free to go and look.
Written May 5, 2023
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HapyGuy7
Rock Hill, SC1,642 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Mosaic floor was in very good shape...amazing. Colors were faded, but stones intact. Signage was terrible for locating site and Pula should be ashamed for allowing such a wonderful piece of history to be contained in such a rundown “shed”. Covered, with concrete blocks surrounding it with wire above. Weeds and trash with a little sign regarding it’s place in history. Sad to see such a treasure so sadly preserved.
Written February 28, 2020
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
It is fun because it is hidden. The place is marked on Google maps but it is hard to guess where it is because it is in a building with a shop. It is in this park. Then you might see a sign indicating where to go. The gate should be open and the mosaic is to your right. That's it. You take one picture from above and it is over. Short visit and free!
Written July 19, 2023
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Paula H
South Wales, UK115 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
Followed the signs but still had to look for it! If you follow the sign which takes you into a car park, turn left and you’ll see a tiny handwritten sign. The mosaic is tucked away at the back of the car park by the entrance to a dentists! Below ground level and protected by a grill, you look down on it. It’s in remarkable condition and worth persevering to find to admire such a well preserved piece of history.
Written October 20, 2019
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redeco
Warren, MA9,468 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
There is an assumption that the modern city of Pula was built over the ancient Roman city formerly known as Pietas Julia; who knows what lies underneath the modern town. This mosaic that lies about six to eight feet down is all that remains of a Roman room from about two thousand years ago. The state of preservation is excellent. The mosaic depicts a geometric grid containing a series of rosettes and a single pictorial reserve featuring the Punishment of Dirce.

The mosaic is sort of difficult to find. You follow Sergievaca Street from the Arch of the Sergii about half way down to the Temple of Augustus. On the left side of the street is a long and narrow women's clothing shop. You enter and pass through to the back where you will find a small terrace overlooking the mosaic. The mosaic is covered with a roof to protect it from the elements.

Enjoy.
Written October 4, 2016
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Leigh F
Wolverhampton, UK43 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
Poor location at the back of a parking lot and at the base of run down buildings.

No information as to it's history would be good as part of a guided city tour
Written June 24, 2016
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ToddMD
Monterey, CA249 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
At least this is well signed because you have to go through a parking lot to get there or under an apartment complex. Not the biggest but there is a lot of nice detail. Rick Steve's book says go through a green door however that has been replaced by new glass doors for the apartments mentioned above.
Written January 23, 2015
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,401 contributions
Aug 2019
To find this last piece of ancient Roman art wasn't that easy. According to the map mosaic shouldn't be far from Chapel of St. Mary Formosa, so we were expecting to find some kind of reconstructed Roman villa, and we couldn't have been more wrong. Mosaic depicting mythological story of Dirce is well tucked away. In fact, it was found buried two meters underground, underneath of some tenement house. In order to get there you'll have to walk along the fence surrounding place with remains of basilica, then turn right and walk down the car park lane ( Benediktinske opatije) until you'll reach Sony store, then again you'll have to turn right and then, just after few steps, turn left and walk up between the house and and another fencing until you'll reach a wicket and small information board telling you that you finally found what you've been looking for. Now, you just have to walk across the yard and enter the building. Mosaic lays on the right side below floor level, hidden behind rusty railing. A bit dusty rectangle surrounded by meander is divided into two sections. Left one consist scene from the myth of Dirce depicting Amphion and Zethus tying her to the bull. Scene itself is surrounded by decorative motifs. Section on the right is divided into hexagons with floral and geometrical motifs inside of them. The mosaic that use to cover floor of central room in Roman residential house is dated to the 2nd or 3rd AD. There's no admission fee on entrance to see mosaic.
Written September 23, 2019
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DamEm41
Kent, UK37 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
It took a couple of attempts for me to find this mosaic. Some local signs don’t really help and even typing it into Google maps proved more baffling than helpful.
It is located between the far corner of a car park and a building. It isn’t open to the elements, as such, it is tucked away under cover but still easily accessible. It isn’t huge but it does look very handsome and in great condition.
As with most of Pula’s Roman remains it is free and I recommend persisting in the hunt for it.
Written August 2, 2019
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Angie H
Cheslyn Hay, UK119 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We only saw this mosaic because a walking tour guide took us. It is hidden behind a shop on the main high street. such a fine piece of work such a shame it can go un noticed. Well worth a look as it represents such a fine display of delicate work
Written July 19, 2019
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