Roman Amphitheatre - Arena in Pula

The Pula Arena is a Roman amphitheater located in our beautiful Pula in Istria. It is the only remaining Roman amphitheater to have four side towers entirely preserved. It was constructed between 27 BC and AD 68, and is among the world's six largest surviving Roman arenas. According to local legend, Istria was once inhabited by fairies that have the power to bring happiness to local peoples. At night, they would dance in forest glades and meadows, and it would happen that they would appear to some local people, without bad intentions.

According to the story, the fairies built the Arena in Pula. One night they dragged stones from Učka, and arranged them one by one in a regular circle. Since the fairies are creatures of the night, when the first rooster crowed, they had to stop building so that people wouldn't see them, and so the Arena was left unfinished.

The Arena is Pula's jewel of history and architecture, which today serves the city as a host of cultural, historical, and social events. It`s also one of the most beautiful concert venues in the world. Some of the most greatest performers such as Elton John, Leonard Cohen, Luciano Pavarotti, Norah Jones, and David Gilmour visited our Arena and created unforgettable and magical nights with their performances.