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Roman amphitheater in Pula

Did you first thought of Colosseum in Rome when you saw this? Well, this is a famous amphitheater, but not in Rome, it is located in Pula, Croatia. So called „Arena Pula“, today the most important sightseeing monument in Istria and one of the six largest Roman amphitheaters in the world was once the sight of gladiator fights. It was built in the 1st century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian. Gladiator fights took place in the central flat area called the arena, while the spectators could sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. It is believed that the Amphitheater could seat about 20,000 spectators.

Today it is opened for sightseeing during the day and becomes a perfect place for many concerts, operas and many events such as Pula Film Festival with its capacity of 5000 people. Every week during the summer months, the Arena hosts gladiator fights as part of the historical and entertainment spectacle “Spectacvla Antiqva”.

 

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