Pula’s amphitheater is the 6th largest of preserved amphitheaters in the world. Photos fail to offer a real idea of its size. Only when you stand within the arena’s circular area is it possible to understand the space that once held spectators, gladiators, and animals for Roman-style bouts of blood and glory. Today, the amphitheater is still used for concerts, and both the existing benches and seats placed on the floor of the arena seat guests who come to listen to singers and musicians from around the world.
The builders of Pula’s amphitheater utilized the slope of the natural landscape for the base of spectators’ seats. It was from here that the audience could vote for whether the performing gladiator lived or died at the end of his grueling match.