Verudela Fortress

Pula, Croatia

The Verudela Fortress is one of the best preserved fortresses. When its control over Pula commenced, the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy decided to transform the town into the Monarchy's maritime centre, which meant the construction of not only numerous newly-built structures such as the arsenal, hospital or the Hydrographic Institute, but also its defensive system. Thus, a magnificent fortification system was erected, which included not only Pula but also some of its neighbouring villages such as Medulin or Fažana.

In the period from 1881 until 1918, 31 structure was erected along the area of Pula and its near surrounding, including artillery batteries and other necessary structures. The Punta Christo fortress, which is the biggest Austro-Hungarian fortress, was built in Štinjan, on the namesake Kristo peninsula. Erected in the late 19th century, it spread across more than ten thousand square meters and had as many as 270 rooms.

The fortress had an excellent geographic position with a view of the entrance into the Pula Bay and the jetty from one, and of Muzil and the Brijuni islands from the other sea side. A trench was dug up around it, separating it, while the passage was possible only through one of the three entrances.

The interior yards of the Punta Christo fortress provide the access to its underground premises. The fortress was abandoned after the WW2. Having been neglected, abandoned and dilapidated for a number of years, it was finally cleared. Today it is used as a site for organizing concerts, exhibitions, and other cultural events.



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Verudela 11, Pula, Croatia
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Founded: 1866-1881
Category: Castles and fortifications in Croatia

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Inna Drouz (13 months ago)
Very nice setup: a 19 century Austrian fortress with aquarium inside. Kids enjoy watching fishes, parents - old fort history.
PartyTimeBH B (13 months ago)
Fabulous place, exceeded our expectations. We were planning on spending 1-2 hours there and ended up spending solid 3 hours. The staff is very sweet, approachable, helpful. The animals are very well taken care of. Lots to learn and the set up is very educational. The whole layout and the aquariums are well thought out. All in all, highly recommend visiting.
Jordan Quinn (13 months ago)
Definitely a nice Aquarium. I've seen several in the United States and the Aquarium in Pula stacks up against them all. There are three levels to the Aquarium that are just absolutely full of all sorts of aquatic displays. From sea turtles and sharks to sting rays and sea horses, the Pula Aquarium has a lot to see. We spend two hours wandering around (and if our 7 month old son hadn't been with us we probably would have staid even longer). If you have a couple of hours to burn, we highly suggest that you check it out!
Ahmad Malik (13 months ago)
Great aquarium in an old fort. Unusual building. Great displays. Love the sea turtle rescue service. Overall kids and adults loved it
Dewald du preez (15 months ago)
Great place to visit and spent 4-6 hours. Lots to see and learn. Great layout and easy to navigate around. All animals are healthy and happy. Staff is friendly and always willing to help. Shop to buy gifts and place to eat and enjoy the day. Walk away from shopping places and hotels. Beach is a walk distance and bicycle friendly around the place. Free parking at the aquarium.
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