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The largest city in Istria was once an important Roman stronghold and later a military port of the Austrian Empire .

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Pula is definitely worthy of a visit. There is a very well preserved old town with architecture dating back to the Roman Empire, including one of the world's best preserved and largest amphitheatres (the Arena). Various structures such as the arches of the theatre and the Arch of Triumph were dedicated to the might and the artistic soul of the Roman Empire. The place formerly called Nesactium (Histra) is located in the vicinity of the town which gave its name to the first inhabitants of Istria.

Even today, archaeologists excavate amazingly well preserved objects that were used more than 2000 years ago here. Recently a complete preserved small ship was discovered.

At the time of the Austrian monarchy Pula was an important military port and naval base. Many large buildings next to the old town were built at that time for naval officers and their families, including the Naval Hospital which is still being used.

Subsequent to this epoch Istria belonged to Italy. Since that time, many families with Italian roots live in Pula and neighbouring places. From the time that Istria again belongs to Croatia, Croatian and Italian are both official languages in Istria. Pula is called Pola in Italian.

Only since the end of the last century, more Croatians have settled in Pula and the surrounding communities. Their major employer was and is the shipyard in Pula. New neighborhoods and suburbs developed as well as holiday homes and apartments, initially used only by their owners, after the war in the mid-nineties increasing numbers also got rented to holiday makers. Tourism began. Since the beginning of the new millenium more and more old hotels from the socialist time have been renovated by international hotel chains offering primarily 4 star accommodation.

Pula is one of the few cities in Istria which does not only live from tourism. Therefore it is lively year round. Approx. 65,000 people live in Pula. The farmers' market offers fresh fruit and vegetables, meat and fish and other local produce. The historical sites such as the arena, the small Roman theatre or the Kastel Pula are much-used and very special venues for concerts by local and international stars.

The international airport of Pula is located about 6 miles outside of the city. If you want to see what's happening there or in other places at this moment, check out the Pula webcams:

Pula airport live webcam
Pula Banjole Uvala Soline live webcam
Pula old town live webcam

This videos shows some of Pula's magnificent features by air and on the ground.