Monastery and Church of St. Francis

Monastery and Church of St. Francis, Pula

Monastery and Church of St. Francis

Monastery and Church of St. Francis
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peetajohn
Norton, UK686 contributions
Lovely Mosaic
Jul 2019
The place is a bit inconspicuous so we nealy missed it.
It is not the most exciting monastery but quite pleasant for all that. The mosaics are nice and the remaining its of roman architecture.
We thought the church was the most interesting part.
Overall worth a visit, just don't expect too much.
Written December 19, 2019
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dskid
Overland Park, KS2,546 contributions
If you've seen one monastery...
Nov 2018
The church and monastery were fine but nothing that really moved or inspired me. What I found most interesting was looking at the exterior and seeing blocks of stone that had obviously (at least to my untrained eye) to have been taken from Roman buildings after the end of Roman influence in this area. We always hear about how the current state of ruins, or the lack of ruins, is more attributable to the repurposing of the materials than the ravages of time, and this is an example of what’s meant by that. I’ve attached a few photos to illustrate.

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Written October 24, 2019
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KellyBrighouse
Brighouse, UK153 contributions
Pula holiday
Oct 2019
We nearly walked past here, but so glad we didn't, we were the only people wandering around, it was very tranquil, it has a mosaic that is fairly complete and the church itself is very impressive
Written October 12, 2019
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ironhead13
London, UK100 contributions
Unexpected pleasure.
Sep 2019
There are some interesting pieces of Pula history in this Church. The roman mosaic floor under the existing church demonstrates how common it was to use existing foot prints and materials from roman buildings in later buildings.
Written September 30, 2019
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Rafal W
Skoki, Poland1,391 contributions
Franciscans in Pula
Aug 2019
Medieval ages were truly turbulent times for Pula. City once more became battlefield. After Byzantines came Franks under Charlemagne, then Venetians. Their conflicts with Pisa and Genoa ricocheted on Pula. Then came armies of Hungarians and shortly after them those of Habsburgs. In addition to wars city was torn apart by inner feuds between families of Servii and Ionotasi, and ravaged by plague. And in the middle of this tumultuous times has arrived Franciscan Friars. Monastery with plain cloister has been established in second half of 13th century on the slope of the hill and above the forum. Few decades later church was built at the site of previous shrine. Asceticism of the church interior was disturbed in 15th century by adding to it gilded altarpiece. But the oldest treasure of the church is ancient Roman mosaic Unfortunately, at the time of our visit front of the church with its rose window and tympanum was hidden away under scaffolding. Admission fee is 9 kuna only, for kids enter is free, Church and monastery are open for visitors from 9 AM to 6 PM. And they are very easy to find if you're walking either from Fortress or forum.
Written September 23, 2019
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Girl36
Manchester, UK177 contributions
Beautiful Monastery
Sep 2019
One of the many reminders of Christian times in Pula, the Monastery and Church is worth a visit. Well looked after and in great condition, it reminded us of the St Francis Monastery in Venice, no doubt once linked due to the history between the two cities. Don't miss the turtles in the central courtyard!
Written September 16, 2019
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DSonsteng
Beaverton, OR157 contributions
Tranquil
Sep 2019 • Couples
While we were walking up to the fort we stumbled across this amazing place. The building and grounds were immaculate especially since this was over 800 years old! We could of just sat there and enjoyed the tranquility of the setting if we would have had the time. Definitely worth stopping by.
Written September 16, 2019
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123pix
Falmouth, UK399 contributions
Peaceful & Serene
Aug 2019
This is well worth a visit to see the lovely architecture of the inner court yard and the church. There are also the remains of an ancient mosaic. We paid a small entrance fee and were the only visitors at the time, it was a peaceful and spiritual experience away from the crowds.
Written September 9, 2019
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MonkeyMagic80
Farnham, UK139 contributions
Cool respite in town centre
Aug 2019
In one of of the side streets is this peaceful cool link to the past. An ornate working monastery. It is a quiet area of reflection and solace in the hustle and bustle of the main town. The inner courtyard is peaceful and serene. Worth seeing there is a small admission charge.
Written September 7, 2019
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RobertJE
London, UK542 contributions
Peaceful place
Aug 2019 • Couples
The inner courtyard in particular is lovely. Look out for all the tortoises, big, small and tiny either wondering over the grass or hiding around the edge. It is certainly a place to sit and contemplate life. The adjoining church is quite stark but again seemed to have a very peaceful aura to it. Well worth a visit.
Written August 17, 2019
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