Chapel of St. Mary Formoza
Chapel of St. Mary Formoza
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Rafal W
By Rafal W
Byzantine traces.
4.0 of 5 bubblesAug 2019
After splitting up Roman Empire into two parts Western and Eastern, which was long and rather complex process, Istria Peninsula along with Pula finally fell under rule of Eastern part of the Empire, also known as a Byzantium. However, it took a time, and defeating Ostrogoths before Pula finally became one of the major ports of Byzantine Empire. Along with this for city came another period of prosperity. And from that period comes Chapel of St. Mary Formosa. In 6th century Archbishop Maximianus of Ravenna (other sources calling him Archbishop of Istria) commissioned three-nave basilica with two chapels, and the Chapel of St. Mary Formosa, apart from basilica's foundations and its northern wall turned into fence and north chapel incorporated into residential buildings, is the only one part of this magnificent complex that has been fully preserved. Chapel was built in the form of Greek-cross with a square central mass and four arms of equal length. It is simple, humble structure with sanctuary covered with quadro-pitched roof, while the rest of it has dual-pitched roofs. Its inventory, however, was at large shipped to Venice, after capturing Pula in 1242 by Republic forces. Some of the chapel's mosaics that decorated its floor and walls are now in the Archaeological Museum of Istria. Chapel is located next to Flaciusova street that runs along the bay shore. In case you would travel by car, there's car park just few yards away. And it is good to have handful full of kuna on you for parking meter. Oh, and as far as I know, there's no access to chapel's interior.

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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
After splitting up Roman Empire into two parts Western and Eastern, which was long and rather complex process, Istria Peninsula along with Pula finally fell under rule of Eastern part of the Empire, also known as a Byzantium. However, it took a time, and defeating Ostrogoths before Pula finally became one of the major ports of Byzantine Empire. Along with this for city came another period of prosperity. And from that period comes Chapel of St. Mary Formosa. In 6th century Archbishop Maximianus of Ravenna (other sources calling him Archbishop of Istria) commissioned three-nave basilica with two chapels, and the Chapel of St. Mary Formosa, apart from basilica's foundations and its northern wall turned into fence and north chapel incorporated into residential buildings, is the only one part of this magnificent complex that has been fully preserved. Chapel was built in the form of Greek-cross with a square central mass and four arms of equal length. It is simple, humble structure with sanctuary covered with quadro-pitched roof, while the rest of it has dual-pitched roofs. Its inventory, however, was at large shipped to Venice, after capturing Pula in 1242 by Republic forces. Some of the chapel's mosaics that decorated its floor and walls are now in the Archaeological Museum of Istria. Chapel is located next to Flaciusova street that runs along the bay shore. In case you would travel by car, there's car park just few yards away. And it is good to have handful full of kuna on you for parking meter. Oh, and as far as I know, there's no access to chapel's interior.
Written September 21, 2019
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LadislavPetarda
Zagreb, Croatia214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
For history and arhitecture lovers this is a place to see. Nice old church, if it would be possible I would make a flat out of it without touching the exterior :)
Written March 18, 2017
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Loophole Lifestyle
Belisce, Croatia60 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This church is amazing. The only complaint we have is that we couldn't get inside to see the interior. Still, it was worth our time to stop by and snap a few pics.
Written June 3, 2019
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Karolinaincroatia
Bondi, Australia114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
6thC church & ruins located at the south of the old town. We found this on the way to the floor mosaic.
Written January 28, 2019
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,933 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I found this place as I was trying to find the mosaic. It's really cute and small. It was closed when I visited, but the outside is lovely.
Written December 27, 2018
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
During my walk of the historic area of Pula, I noticed a signage about chapel. I walked through a small park before finding it.

There are barricades around it so it is not open to the public. There is no signage about its opening time. Took some pictures and moved on.
Written September 30, 2018
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itchyfeet2014
Glasgow, UK2,303 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
A beautiful little chapel, not far from the Mosaic. It is closed at the moment and lots of renovation work is being done there. Well Worth a look and a photo.
Written October 3, 2017
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DaveMac307
Chepstow, UK76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is not a major tourist attraction and you have to search for it. It's a very pretty little building and all that remains of a once large religious building.
Unfortunately you cannot go inside and can only view it through a fence.
Well worth the 5 minute deviation from tourist mainstreet though.
Written June 25, 2017
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Hornado
Ipswich, UK74 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
Quite an interesting looking chapel, but we couldn't get in. Not sure if this a permanent closure, or just due to archaeological survey going on right next door (probably the latter).
Written June 21, 2017
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Lane the English traveller
Huddersfield, UK567 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
This is a lovely chapel but unfortunately you couldn't go on the grounds due to it being fenced off. Would be great if they opened it and you could walk around.
Written June 1, 2017
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