Pula, Arena

The Pula Arena is the name of the amphitheatre located in Pula, Croatia. It was constructed in 27 BC – 68 AD and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World. One of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world for centuries served as a source of inspiration for the world’s artists and architects who are interested in the Roman heritage. The amphitheatre was part of the circuit of the gladiators. The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers and with all three Roman architectural orders entirely preserved. Four side towers represent a rare example of technical solutions by which this building is original. The towers were used for communication between the third and fourth floor and access to the roof, where the tightening fabric was protecting the audience from the sun. The amphitheatre is depicted on the reverse of the Croatian 10 kuna banknote. The arena is now used as a venue for Pula Film Festival and for many concerts. Two professional ice hockey games were played there on September 14 and 16, 2012.

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