Pula Cathedral
Pula Cathedral
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CatharineB
Ottawa, Canada1,117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Dedicated to the Holy Virgin Mary, the cathedral was founded in the 5th century, after Pula became the episcopal seat. It was built on the foundations of a Roman temple believed to be dedicated to Jupiter.

The current facade is the result of several expansions and reconstructions. In 1242, the cathedral was badly damaged in a fire. The damage was completely repaired and then further renovations gave the cathedral its current appearance, although parts of the walls, some capitals and the windows are from the original building. On the right, there is a portal from 1456 and the belfry, which was built in 1707, has stone blocks from the amphitheater.

The cathedral, along with many other buildings in Pula, was badly damaged during ww2. After the collapse of Fascist Italy in 1943, the city was occupied by the German Wehrmacht and remained a base for U-boats. Consequently, the city was subjected to repeat Allied bombing from 1942 to 1944. It is worth a stop.
Written 8 July 2023
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Kawaii D
The Netherlands201 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
It was under construction when we came, so we could only see the outside.
From the outside, it didnt look big or special.
Written 5 October 2022
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Graham S
Tewantin, Australia4,427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Somewhat simple & unadorned & whilst well maintained is overshadowed by the abundance of older historic - & more prominent - buildings.
Our visit was little more than a walk-by & grab a photo.
My wish was to have been able to spend more time in Pula ... so much to see & learn.
Written 25 June 2020
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KarenKew
Portishead, UK655 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
A very plain, unadorned building and the size of a parish church. Not a lot to see, butbhas significant history
Written 19 September 2019
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Girl36
Manchester, UK177 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Well worth a visit when in Pula. The city itself is a great example of both Roman and early Christian developments and worth exploring the links to Venice and the emperors. This Cathedral like all other churches has been well looked after during the centuries and remains a beautiful reminder of faith.
Written 16 September 2019
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Chris B
London, UK62 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Don't make a special trip but if you are in Pula the Cathedral is worth a visit . Nice location and built in a Romanesque Style
Written 7 August 2019
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Zfy Ed
Singapore, Singapore8,631 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
As part of our walking tour in Pula Old Town, we also came by this place for a short visit cum photo stop after we had visited the main square, with the Temple of Augustus and the city government building. It's just a short walk of 5-7 mins here along the narrow pedestrian pathway.

The cathedral is nice and throughout our entire Balkans trip, we had visited at least more than 20 churches, cathedrals or monasteries in various cities in 6 countries, each is unique and beautiful in its own way. This cathedral is no exception.

Although it may not be as grand as some, it is serene and quiet and one can feel the peace and tranquility walking the compound. It's nice for a visit to learn of it's history and the role it played over the years in the local community.

But do take note of the dresscode required.
Written 11 July 2019
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Pennies-from-Devon
Plymouth, UK465 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
The site of the present-day cathedral has been used for religious worship since ancient Roman times. In 1242 the cathedral was heavily damaged in a Venetian raid and the ensuing fire. The damage was fully repaired in the 15th century when the building went through extensive reconstruction and the present-day sacristy was added. In 1707 the separate bell tower was added, next to the 5th century baptistery in front of the basilica. It was built using stones taken from the Roman-built Pula Amphitheatre. The present-day cathedral's classical facade was built in 1712.

As there is such a heavy Italian influence throughout Istria as a whole, and Pula, we were expecting the interior of the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary to be far more ornate and in the Italian style. It is actually remarkably plain and simple, lacking most of the decoration we have seen so often in Italian churches and cathedrals.

If you have a few minutes to spare it's worth a look (modest clothing is requested).

The odd green colour in my interior photo comes from the sunlight through the green glass in the windows.
Written 5 July 2019
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MASH000001
Orpington, UK232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Lovely Cathedral that has plenty to admire inside and out. Did not notice the sign saying "No Shorts" and was rightly made aware of the sign on the way out. Worth a visit and should not take up much time.
Written 20 June 2019
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Karin and Filip
Eeklo, Belgium2,238 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Built at the site where Christians gathered and grew larger with the ages. Its present day shape is assumed to be in the 5th century.
Written 7 April 2019
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