Pula Underground shelter tunnels

Pula Underground shelter tunnels

On the eve of the Great War, Pula was an important military and strategic centre of tremendous importance for the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy as its principal naval port and its fleet anchorage; the city was therefore fortified with a complex system of manned fortification constructions that extended from the east to the west coast of Istria barring all accesses to the city.

In addition to the city's civilian population a large number of soldiers and highly skilled professionals in all sorts of fields working for the navy and the naval arsenal lived in Pula and so the Austro-Hungarian authorities, immediately prior to the First World War and during the War, began the construction of an underground tunnel system with communication passageways under the city's hills to shelter the city's population and to serve as ammunition stores. Not a single hill in the inner city was spared from drilling and digging!

A widely spread network of underground tunnels/shelters was created. Under the central city hill Kastel, there are two shelter tunnels, one is directly underneath the fort located on the top of the hill, and the second one is at the foot of the hill. This tunnel is about 400 metres long and its entrance is next to Dvojna Vrata (Twin Gate). It was recently opened to the public and tours for the first time.
source: EnjoyIstra, 2011-07-22

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