The natural beauty of Pula's surrounding countryside and turquoise water of the Adriatic have made the city an a very popular vacation destination. Pula has been Istria's administrative center since ancient Roman times and therefor is a city with a cultural mixture of people and languages from the Mediterranean and Central Europe, ancient and contemporary. The most impressive sight is the Amphitheatre built in the 1st century AD during the reign of the Emperor Vespasian. Other attractions include the temple of Augustus, the town walls, the town square and the old Forum of the Romans is still going strong.
Zagreb is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative center of Croatia. Surnamed the "city of museums" as there are more of them per square foot than any other city in the world, Zagreb is also a vibrant destination with a variety of modern shops, quality restaurants and sports/recreational facilities. The historical part of the city to the north of Ban Jelačić Square is comprised of the Upper Town and Kaptol, a medieval urban complex of churches, palaces, museums, galleries and government buildings that are exceptionally popular with tourists on sightseeing tours.
Surnamed "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful cities on the Croatian coast. Many buildings in the old city center testify of its glorious past and its Venetian influence. The walls of Dubrovnik girdle a perfectly preserved complex of public and private, sacral and secular buildings representing all periods of the city's history, beginning with its founding in the 7th century. Nowadays, Dubrovnik is a tranquil touristic and cultural center hosting many musical, art and theater events year round.
Split is a picturesque town, known as one of the centres of Croatian culture. The most important sight is Diocletian's palace. Admire the Peristyle which is the main open space in the palace and is surrounded by a colonnade of six columns to the eastern and western sides and an arch. On the eastern side of the Peristyle is a cathedral, which is the symbol of the city (Sv. Duje). There are also some fascinating museums like the Maritime Museum; the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments; the Museum of Croatia; and the Mestrovic Gallery.
One of the best stops on the Dalmatian coast, Trogir is a living museum, the best-preserved Romanesque-Gothic complex in the Central Europe. Its medieval core, surrounded by walls and comprising a magnificient castle and tower and a series of dwellings and palaces from the Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods, is part of the UNESCO World Heritage. One of the most impressive buildings is the church of St. Lawrence, whose main west portal is a masterpiece by Radovan, and the most significant work of the Romanesque-Gothic style in Croatia.
Dating back from roman times, Zadar is a city with a long tradition and a rich cultural heritage. The town is fortified with thick walls, renowned for their impressive ports, such as the Harbor Port and the Mainland Port, which date back to the sixteenth century. Zadar's most impressive sight is the pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus. The town is also famous for having the most beautiful Romanesque churches in Croatia, such as the Cathedral of St. Anastasia, the Church of St. Chrysogonus and the Bell-tower of St. Mary.
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