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Colonia Pietas Iulia Pola, name given to Pula by the old Romans, has been writing its history for 3000 years. The city built at the end of a beautiful bay and on seven hills reveals many lovely and interesting stories. According to the legend, it was founded by the Colchidians, after the pursuit of Argonauts and their leader Jason who stole the precious Golden fleece from the Colchidians.
Today the city lives in many colours and sounds, perfectly interlacing the variegated exciting past with modern times of its inhabitants and visitors. It boasts perfectly preserved amphitheatre, the largest amphora site in the world, Temple of Augustus, many churches, monasteries, Venetian and Austro-Hungarian architecture, excellent various food specialities and wine in its many restaurants, rich museums, galleries, concert events, great nightlife and many other beauties located in this famous city.
Briefly after that, in 1805, the French entered the city and took control. Finally, in 1813, Pula returned under the administration of the Austrian Empire, returning peace and prosperity to the city. In 1859, the impressive port of Pula became the main Austrian harbour and the main shipbuilding centre while the population of Pula consisted of 60 000 people. After the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918, Pula was allocated to Italy under whose government the Croatians were subjected to enormous oppression, forced Italianization, looting and sending to camps. That is why many people fled from Pula and Istria.
The fascist government lasted until 1943 when the city was taken over by the German army, which continued with the arrests,
deportation and executions of the local population. Only 3 months after the takeover, the Allied bombardment of the city
began and lasted until March of 1945. During that war, many civilians died and numerous historic monuments were destroyed
as well as one part of the old city’s centre.In May 1945, Pula was finally liberated and remained under the United
Nations’ regulations until September of 1947, when it was officially united with Croatia and therefore Yugoslavia.
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