Pula’s Roman Arena

Maybe it’s because I wrote a blog about the Croatian town of Pula this time last week, that my mind went straight back there when I saw this week’s Photo Challenge themes.

The Pula Arena is the sixth largest Roman amphitheatre in the World. And while it may be a little frayed around the edges, it’s remarkably well preserved. I hope I look as good when I’m 2000 years old!

IMG_1377We arrived in Pula in the evening, so our first proper view of the amphitheatre was after dark. It looked so menacing, basking in the orange(ish) glow of spotlights. It was easy to imagine thousands of Romans pouring through its gates, to witness goodness-knows how many unfortunate gladiators entering the deadly fray in the Arena.

IMG_2350IMG_2346IMG_2349The next morning we were heading on to Slovenia, but as anyone who read my recent blog about the Colosseum will know, I’m fascinated by amphitheatres. Well, all things Roman, really. So we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get a closer look at the Arena before we left Pula.

IMG_2364Braving an early morning rainstorm, we headed back to the amphitheatre. And we were all so glad we did. If anything, the virtually complete walls of Pula’s Arena were even more impressive from within.

IMG_2391IMG_2368IMG_2387It still amazes me that, after 20 centuries, Pula Arena is still being used as an entertainment venue. Although, presumably, the attractions are a little less bloody these days.

IMG_2375IMG_2374This post is inspired by the themes Fray (from John of the Daily Post), Orange (from Ailsa’s of Where’s My Backpack?) and Arches (from Sue of A Word in Your Ear).

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26 Responses to Pula’s Roman Arena

  1. Nice selection of shots from around the Colosseum.

  2. Quite amazing photos, and very interesting!! In one of our many native languages here in SA, Sotho, Pula actually means rain . . . quite amazing! 🙂

  3. jazzytower says:

    You got some awesome shots!

  4. Sue Slaght says:

    Amazing architecture !

  5. Beautiful pictures – we visited Pula a few years ago but didn’t manage to see the amphitheatre in the dark, especially loved your photos of it all lit up.

  6. jpeggytaylor says:

    Wonderful images! The evening shot looks almost like a painting – the colours are amazing. They certainly built things to last, those Romans … though, of course, most of them who would have done the actual building weren’t Roman at all! I know Hadrian’s Wall, which is quite near to us, was built by men from Iraq, Germany and several other places too. The Romans are always an interesting subject to learn more about.

    • Jaspa says:

      Thanks Peggy! I inherited my interest in the Romans from Rich. He grew up near Chester (in fact his Mum was born there), with its impressive Roman walls. I’ve also been to Hadrian’s Wall, although to be honest, nothing compares to the Roman ruins I’ve seen in Italy and other Mediterranean countries.

      • jpeggytaylor says:

        Ah, yes – our Roman ruins have largely been ‘recycled’ into other buildings including farm houses and medieval churches! It is fortunate indeed that other Roman remains have fared much better!

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  11. Amy says:

    I’m fascinated by the arena and everything else Roman. Great photos, Jaspa!

  12. The chosen photos are very approriate, I love the round shape of stands inside the Colosseum ^^

  13. cyardin says:

    I have never heard of this one. Great shots, and I agree with you guys that it is pretty cool that it is still being used. Roman engineering!

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