Triumphal Arch of Sergius

(with a bit of James Joyce)

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For me, the Triumphal Arch of Sergius or the Golden Gate is the symbol of Pula.

Acting as an official entrance to the city, the Arch was erected between the years 29 and 27 BC by the Sergi family, in honour of three brothers who held important positions in Pula at the time.

Constructed in Corinthian style with strong Hellenistic influences, if you walk through this masterpiece from Portarata Square you can follow the street lined with souvenir shops, cafes and restaurants until you hit The Forum.

Numerous cultural, theatrical and musical performances are held on Portarata Square with street performers during the summer and stands selling mulled wine and spice cookies in winter.

Next to the Arch there’s a bar named Ulysses in memory of James Joyce who in 1904 lived in Pula for six months, apparently teaching English. You’ll notice a bronze Mr Joyce sitting at one of the outdoor tables. When a seat next to the writer presents itself, grab a cuppa and get close and comfy for the perfect photo.

At A Glance

Trg Portarata

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