Gate of Hercules
This ancient monument is very simple and modest in appearance, and it was constructed during the 1st century AD.
The head of Hercules is curved on the top of the gate, and the beard, curly hair, and bludgeon are visible. There is an opinion that it used to be a city's trademark during those times, which is supported by the fact that on the bord that was found, which is dated by the transition from second to the third century, the name of Roman Pula was under the name Colonia Iulia Pollentia Herculanea. The inscription next to the bludgeon was partially destroyed, but it has first-class importance because the names of two Roman officials, Gaius Cassius Longinus and Lucius Calpurnius Piso, are mentioned on it. they were sent to Pula by order of the Roman Senate to form and build a colony. This happened between 47 and 44 BC, And after that Pula arose as a colony that had city features.
This entrance to city walls during the Roman rule was probably not important, which can be concluded from the small number of decorations on the monument, which does not vary at all from the outer mantle of Pula's city walls. An unknown medieval writer mentions them as one of the 6 entrances to the city from the mainland.
They were excavated at the beginning of the 19th century, and thanks to Italian archaeologists in the 1930s, they were cleaned of deposits and preserved. They still stand now as the entrance of the Italian Community in Pula.