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Poreč old town

Roman Empire in Istria

Overview

PULA:
Although the amphitheatre in the town announces Pula's Roman origins, its history in fact stretches far, far beyond this period. Archeological findings in the area suggest that Pula's history stretches back 40,000 or even 1 million years BC!
It was however in the 11th century BC that Pula rose to prominence when it became a major settlement for the Illyrian tribe, the Histri. After expansion by the Roman Empire into Istria in 177 BC, in 40 BC Pula became a Roman colony and grew rapidly during the years 27 BC to AD 14 under Emperor Caesar Augustus. During this time several important buildings were constructed (including the amphitheatre) and the town rose in strategic and economic significance for the Romans, with local trade being prominent.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Pula fell under the control of various groups, including the Eastern Goths for 45 years to 538 when it became part of the Byzantine Empire, until the Slavs began their colonisation in the early part of the 7th century.
The Triumphal Arch of the Sergii was built between 29 and 27 BC in honour of the Sergi family who fought on the side of Octavian, who later became Emperor Augustus, in the Battle of Actium in present-day Greece.

The Temple of Augustus , was built between AD 2-14 in honour of Emperor Augustus. It stands at a site next to which there was also an accompanying Temple of Diana (of which only a very small part remains). The Temple now contains Roman sculpture.

The Forum, where the Temple of Augustus stands, was once the main square in Roman times, is still today a bustling piazza with many cafes.

The cathedral contains parts from various centuries, with its rear wall from the 4th century; its sanctuary from the following century; the internal part from the 15th century; and the bell tower from the 17th century.

Hercules Gate is the oldest standing Roman monument, dating from the 1st century BC.

POREČ:
The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. During the 2nd century BC, Roman Castrum was built on a tiny peninsula with approximate dimensions of 400 m × 200 m where the town centre is now. During the reign of Emperor Augustus in the 1st century, it officially became a city and was part of the Roman colony of Colonia Iulia Parentium. In the 3rd century the settlement had an organized Christian community with an early-Christian complex of sacral buildings. The earliest basilica contained the remains of complex and was dedicated to Saint Maurus of Parentium and dates back to the second half of the 4th century. The floor mosaic from its oratory, originally part of a large Roman house, is still preserved in the garden of the Euphrasian Basilica. The Basilica was later built as an extension to the original church in the 6th century when bishop Euphrasios issued an ordered for its construction. .This old part, today main core of the town with its narrow streets, like more then thousands years ago, today is still in typical untouched geometric pattern of an old Roman town. Remains of the temples of Roman gods Neptune and Mars that took place at the former Roman Forum, today on the spot of the Marafor square still can be seen. Walking on the streets of Porec that were built at Roman times really means visiting and walking through the history from presenttime. After the fall of Rome, Porec came under the rule of various empires until it became part of the Venetian Empire in 1267 under whose control it remained until it fell in 1797

Euphrasius Basilica: The most valuable cultural monument in Porec. It was built on the remains of an earlier tri-naval basilica, in the first half of the 6th century, during the period of Bishop Euphrasius, whose name it bears.

Square Marafor: In the 1st century it pride itself with the biggest Roman sanctuary in Istria. Mart's temple or the Big temple was one of the biggest on the Adriatic.

The Great Temple: northwest of the Marafor Square. The remains (a part of the wall and foundation) of an ancient temple from the beginning of the 1st century.

The Temple of Neptune: in a park, west of the Marafor Square, only fragments of the ancient temple, which was dedicated to the god of the sea, Neptune, are preserved.

Facilities

PULA:
Although the amphitheatre in the town announces Pula's Roman origins, its history in fact stretches far, far beyond this period. Archeological findings in the area suggest that Pula's history stretches back 40,000 or even 1 million years BC!
It was however in the 11th century BC that Pula rose to prominence when it became a major settlement for the Illyrian tribe, the Histri. After expansion by the Roman Empire into Istria in 177 BC, in 40 BC Pula became a Roman colony and grew rapidly during the years 27 BC to AD 14 under Emperor Caesar Augustus. During this time several important buildings were constructed (including the amphitheatre) and the town rose in strategic and economic significance for the Romans, with local trade being prominent.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Pula fell under the control of various groups, including the Eastern Goths for 45 years to 538 when it became part of the Byzantine Empire, until the Slavs began their colonisation in the early part of the 7th century.
The Triumphal Arch of the Sergii was built between 29 and 27 BC in honour of the Sergi family who fought on the side of Octavian, who later became Emperor Augustus, in the Battle of Actium in present-day Greece.

The Temple of Augustus , was built between AD 2-14 in honour of Emperor Augustus. It stands at a site next to which there was also an accompanying Temple of Diana (of which only a very small part remains). The Temple now contains Roman sculpture.

The Forum, where the Temple of Augustus stands, was once the main square in Roman times, is still today a bustling piazza with many cafes.

The cathedral contains parts from various centuries, with its rear wall from the 4th century; its sanctuary from the following century; the internal part from the 15th century; and the bell tower from the 17th century.

Hercules Gate is the oldest standing Roman monument, dating from the 1st century BC.

POREČ:
The area has been inhabited since prehistoric times. During the 2nd century BC, Roman Castrum was built on a tiny peninsula with approximate dimensions of 400 m × 200 m where the town centre is now. During the reign of Emperor Augustus in the 1st century, it officially became a city and was part of the Roman colony of Colonia Iulia Parentium. In the 3rd century the settlement had an organized Christian community with an early-Christian complex of sacral buildings. The earliest basilica contained the remains of complex and was dedicated to Saint Maurus of Parentium and dates back to the second half of the 4th century. The floor mosaic from its oratory, originally part of a large Roman house, is still preserved in the garden of the Euphrasian Basilica. The Basilica was later built as an extension to the original church in the 6th century when bishop Euphrasios issued an ordered for its construction. .This old part, today main core of the town with its narrow streets, like more then thousands years ago, today is still in typical untouched geometric pattern of an old Roman town. Remains of the temples of Roman gods Neptune and Mars that took place at the former Roman Forum, today on the spot of the Marafor square still can be seen. Walking on the streets of Porec that were built at Roman times really means visiting and walking through the history from presenttime. After the fall of Rome, Porec came under the rule of various empires until it became part of the Venetian Empire in 1267 under whose control it remained until it fell in 1797

Euphrasius Basilica: The most valuable cultural monument in Porec. It was built on the remains of an earlier tri-naval basilica, in the first half of the 6th century, during the period of Bishop Euphrasius, whose name it bears.

Square Marafor: In the 1st century it pride itself with the biggest Roman sanctuary in Istria. Mart's temple or the Big temple was one of the biggest on the Adriatic.

The Great Temple: northwest of the Marafor Square. The remains (a part of the wall and foundation) of an ancient temple from the beginning of the 1st century.

The Temple of Neptune: in a park, west of the Marafor Square, only fragments of the ancient temple, which was dedicated to the god of the sea, Neptune, are preserved.

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-Transfer in car/minivan
-Guide
-Entrance Fee in Amphitheater in Pula
-Entrance fee in Euphrasius Basilica in Poreč

Pickup Instructions

Transportation pick up and drop off at your accommodation

Restrictions

You can start your holiday on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "book". The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling, we offer discounts for groups of more than three people travelling together, these prices are displayed in the booking process.

No skills are required fo this daytrip

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You can start your holiday on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "book". The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling, we offer discounts for groups of more than three people travelling together, these prices are displayed in the booking process.

Essentials

You can start your holiday on any date in the season. To make a provisional reservation select "book". The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling, we offer discounts for groups of more than three people travelling together, these prices are displayed in the booking process.

- Customer Reviews

Reviewed by Benita Y on
I booked a full day private tour of the Istrian countryside. At first I was apprehensive because I did not know if customization was allowed but Fiore tours was great! They let me customize my own itinerary of the hill towns. They worked with me to fit all the sites into my day trip and I really appreciated the flexibility. In addition the guide/driver Luka was phenomenal. He went above and beyond and even took me to extra towns I didn't include in my plan. You can tell he genuinely cared about his guest and made sure they go to see everything on their list. Luka was very informative and friendly taking the time to explain everything. Luka is a top notch guide and made the whole tour enjoyable.

Visited September 2013
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