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Croatian Architecture


In keeping with our World Cup theme, we continue our look at England’s opponents’ architectural masterpieces. This week, we fly 896 miles away to the island of Croatia.

Croatia has some amazing architectural creations. The county's best Roman architectural remains are to be found in Split and Pula: the architecturally outstanding Diocletian's Palace in Split and the extremely well-preserved amphitheatre in Pula.

The Pula Arena (Amphitheatre)

The Pula Amphitheatre is the only Roman amphitheatre that still remains today that has all three Roman architectural orders preserved.  The amphitheatre was built in 27AD – 68 AD and its construction has served as an excellent example for the study of ancient building techniques. The outer walls of the amphitheatre are made from limestone and built on a slope, with one side consisting of three stories and the other two stories, the arena accommodate 23,000 spectators at its pinnacle. 

Restoration did, however, occur in 1816 by architect Pietro Nobile, a famous highly regarded Neoclassical architect with works including chief engineer in the construction of bridges and roads in Illrian. The theatre is still going strong and is still used today as a concert venue with artists such as Luciano Pavarotti, Elton John, Jamiroquai, Zucchero and Sting all performing there.

Diocletian’s Palace

Considered to be one of the most imposing Roman ruins, Diocletian’s Palace is certainly the main attraction of the city of Split, Croatia. The Palace was built as a residence for the Roman Emperor Diocletian at the turn of the 4th Century, that today forms about half the old town of Split. The so-called palace was a massive structure and contains not only the palace itself but also buildings, intended for housing military garrison.

The design is derived from both villa and castrum types, and this duality is also evident in the arrangement of the interior. The ground plan of the palace is an irregular rectangle with towers projecting from the western, northern, and eastern facades. It combines the qualities of a luxurious villa with those of a military camp, with its huge gates and watchtowers.

Croatia has many more Roman architectural buildings to explore with the beautiful Byzantine wall mosaics and a mixture of Romanesque, Renaissance and Baroque architecture. 

If you are looking to work on the next Pula Arena or on the lookout for a new exciting architectural role, why not get in touch with one of our dedicated recruitment consultants, who will be happy to discuss our current vacancies
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