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Local name: Kaśtel

Fortress is a baroque fortress from the 17th century, erected on the highest (about 34 m above sea level) hill of the city of Pula. The construction of the fortress began in 1630 on the foundations of a ruined medieval castle. Antoine De Ville - one of the most respected fortification builders in Europe - was the author of the project and the supervisor of the works. The building material were stone blocks obtained from the ruins of the former Roman theater on the nearby Monte Zaro.

The fortress was built on a quadrangle plan, whose corners are ended with narrow courts) and four bastions. Cannon battery stands were installed in the bastions. The fort was ready in 1633, but never served defensive purposes - after the conclusion of the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 and the end of the Thirty Years' War, the building fell into oblivion.

During the reign of the Austrians (1813-1918), the fortress was converted into military barracks. Until the mid-twentieth century, it was used for military purposes - by the Italian and later the Yugoslav army. Currently, the fortress is the seat of the Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria.


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    52100 Pula , Croatia