Tourning Pula

November 7, 2005

After a good nights sleep we woke up to a rainy day. Since we were only in town for 1 day we grabbed our raincoats and umbrella and headed into town. We took the long way to the Roman amphitheater to get a better view of what the city had to offer outside of the center. Once we arrived at the amphitheater we quickly started to snap some pictures as the place was empty and the rain had stopped. The amphitheater is a massive structure which dominates the city's skyline and is the 6th largest Roman amphitheater in the world. The outer shell has weathered the times quite remarkably but the seating has since been replaced. The galleries and interior tiers also had to be rebuilt due to greedy locals who robbed the soft limestone to build their houses. Near the top of the theater there is a great view of Pula's harbor. There is also an exhibition in the rooms underneath which,at one time, held the wild animals and gladiators before they battled one another. They now house reconstructed olive presses and amphora. An amphora is a globular pottery vessel with 2 handles that was used to store olive oil, wine and other foods. All around town the souvenir shops sell reproductions but they just don't cut it against the originals.

After the amphitheater we walked around the town to look at some of the other Roman temples and arches. The rain was off and on most of the day so we found Pula's first and only veggie restaurant and ducked in for a cheap and filling snack. On our way back to the hostel we walked along the Verudela peninsula which was a quiet place for a stroll.

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