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The Amphitheatre in Pula
The Amphitheatre in Pula
The Amphitheatre in Pula


What: Theatre
Where: Croatia, Pula
When: Rome

This amphitheatre, known as the Arena of Pula, is a very famous and important cultural heritage site. It was built in the first century AD during the reign of Emperor Vespasian, at the same time as the Colosseum in Rome. The ground plan is elliptical, the longer axis measuring approximately 130 metres and the shorter one 100 metres. Local limestone was used for the construction of the amphitheatre. Gladiator fights took place in the central flat area called ‘arena’, while the spectators could sit on the stone tiers or stand in the gallery. It is believed that the amphitheatre could hold about 20,000 spectators. In the Middle Ages knights’ tournaments and fairs were held here.


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