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Pula Town Hall or Pula Communal Palace

Pula Town Hall



Location: Forum ulica 3





Description of the Pula Town Hall or Pula Communal Palace

Pula Town Hall or Pula Communal Palace is situated on the Forum square next to an ancient Roman temple dedicated to Emperor Augustus. It was constructed in 1296 in Romanesque and Renaissance architectural style. During Medieval times Pula Town Hall was a place where municipal government held its meetings under leadership of Pula governor who was assigned by the Venetian Republic. Even today Pula Town Hall kept its function by being the official seat of Pula mayor.




The town hall is located on the northern side of the square in the old town. This place is already used for public buildings since the time of Ancient Rome. There were originally three Roman temples, of which now only the Temple of Augustus remains. The eastern of the three temples, the temple of Diana, was used as a rudimentary town hall from the 9th century onwards.

As the city blossomed, there was a need for a new building that would serve as a town hall. They used the spot of the temple of Diana to raise the building at the end of the 13th century. The construction lasted until 1296.

The town hall was originally built in Gothic style. The building materials were removed from the remains of the temples and other buildings on the site. Where possible, even complete walls were used. For example, a wall of the temple of Diana is still visible on the northern side of the current town hall.

Since the construction, the building has been rebuilt several times. In the 15th century, the building was given a renaissance appearance, and in the 17th century a baroque appearance. Even in the centuries after it was rebuilt. The latter was terminated in 1988 and with it the town hall also got its current appearance.




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