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Monastery and Church of St. Francis

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peetajohn wrote a review Dec 2019
Norton, United Kingdom686 contributions176 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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dskid wrote a review Oct 2019
Overland Park, Kansas2,555 contributions1,514 helpful votes
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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. Thanks for reading. I’ll appreciate a thumbs up below if you’ve found this helpful. Also, you may now follow me on TripAdvisor. If you’re in the app, click on my name. A box opens with “Follow” just under my screen name. To follow me outside the app your cursor has to be over my profile photo, then a box appears with a summary of my reviews – click on my screen name in blue at the top and another page opens with the “Follow me” box near the top right. To help you decide if following me is worth the trouble, here’s what I have planned for 2019: finishing my reviews of Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro; continue reviewing restaurants in the KC metro; finishing my reviews of the Northern Lights cruise to Norway in January; finishing my reviews of our stay Tuscany for a week, followed by several days in each of Bellagio and Milan in May; starting my reviews of travels to Australia, Bali, Borneo (the Malaysian part), Brunei and Singapore in September/October; and going to Maui for a week in late November.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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KellyBrighouse wrote a review Oct 2019
Brighouse, United Kingdom153 contributions87 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: October 2019
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ironhead13 wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom97 contributions35 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Rafal W wrote a review Sep 2019
Leeds, United Kingdom1,125 contributions46 helpful votes
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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.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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