Maybe because Croatia is in such an ideal location, at a crossroads between East and West, it changed hands quite a few times. Remants from previous empires remain, like this Roman triumphal arch in Pula. What was funny to me, as an American, we don’t really have anything that is that old. The few things that we do, we preserve and protect, or put in museums. Since Europe is filled with artifacts, specifically architectural, they can’t really rope off every old thing in the city.
Even though this arch dates three decades before the birth of Christ, it is now just part of the city. Buildings surround it and people just walk underneath it as they would construction scaffolding in New York City. It is very strange and yet, wonderful to be able to get so close to it. (NOTE: It used to be protected by a gate.) Photos and Post by Leah Sidwell, a photographer.