The scientific tourist #352 — Pula Arena

Brought to you from the scenic town of Pula, Croatia — it’s an ancient Roman amphitheater, best known as the Pula Arena:

Pula Amphitheater Panorama

But this is no mere antiquity.  The Arena is the only remaining Roman amphitheatre to have four side towers entirely preserved, and is among the six largest surviving Roman arenas in the World.  Its construction started during the reign of Augustus (31 BC – 14 AD), and it was enlarged and revised until 96 AD.  It was used for gladiatorial shows until the 5th century, then fell into disuse until restoration began around 1800.  It’s now used for concerts, theater presentations, and other public events — it can seat some 5,000 people.

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