Pula, the largest city in Istria, is very industrial and busy with port traffic. It is, however, also a huge tourist draw due its the well preserved Roman ruins.
Pretty cool, huh? Well, we weren't lost anymore. Built between 27 BC and 68 AD, the amphitheater is the sixth largest in the world and is one of the best preserved. Originally, it held 23,000 people. When Venice took over the area, senators proposed deconstructing the whole things and moving it to Venice. The stubborness of one senator prevented this from happening. It didn't prevent people of the city from using the limestone blocks to build the foundations of their own houses. While gladitorial combat was outlawed in the fifth century, combat between convicts sentenced to death continued into the seventh.
The arena has been slightly renovated to accomodate modern crowds. (Up to 5,000 people.) Artists from Marilyn Manson to Luciano Pavaratti have performed here. Loud concerts are now banned to protect the stucture's integrity.