I have been fortunate enough to see the Coliseum in Rome. Coming from a country where all the architecture is brand new in comparison to Europe, I am always awed to walk in something built so long ago. The trip to Rome was on our honeymoon. My husband and I were walking along the streets when suddenly, there it was. This huge ancient structure rising up out of the city. It seems so out-of-place with traffic lights blinking and delivery vans zooming by. But there it was, none the less. Giant and majestic and so old it boggles my mind.
The Roman Theater at Pula, Croatia is small in comparison to the Roman one. It is still well worth a visit though and has some very interesting things to offer.
Doing some research on the Theater at Pula, I learned it is thought to be the most intact of Roman theaters. Another fascinating thing, about the one in Pula, is that it is still being used as a Theater today. Concerts and film festivals are held there routinely. It is still fulfilling its original purpose of entertaining the people. Thankfully, we no longer watch Gladiators destroy one another, but people still flock through the entrance anticipating a great show.
When we traveled to Croatia, there was one main purpose. This is the country that my husband’s family originated from on his Father’s side and our purpose in visiting was connected to that. We brought my stepson along, thinking what an excellent opportunity for him to see and experience his roots. I was reading a guidebook, my mother-in-law had loaned us for the trip. When I happened across the mention of this Roman Theater. We adjusted our plans and added several hours of driving, in order to make the track to this part of Croatia, to see something history left behind for us.
It was well worth that drive. The setting sun painted the theater again and again, changing its appearance.
We sat where crowds of people sat and were entertained by events of days gone by.
We Walked where Gladiators had walked, pumped up for the battles they were about to fight.
We were surrounded by shadows of the past and hope for a bright future.
Even having seen the Colosseum in Rome, which is bigger and more famous, the Roman Theater at Pula was well worth the drive. It was a visit that I will relive in my memories. and I am glad that my 14-year-old stepson was also able to experience something so old. Hopefully it will live on in him, inspiring creativity, dreams, and the promise of future adventures to come.
Thank you for reading my blog today! May you find yourself on adventures and experience snapshots of history, as if by magic.
** Thank you to SydneysByDesign for doing photo editing to a couple of these photos. Your work is breathtaking!
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2 thoughts on “The Roman Theater at Pula, Croatia”
Very nice. Only hope your grandsons and daughters will get to see and do the same…..
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