- Place: Medulin
Vižula, peninsula in the heart of Medulin and its green oasis, is an exceptionally significant archaeological site.
On the southern and southwestern side of the peninsula stretches the site of the luxurious ancient villa, thought to have been the villa of Emperor Constantine the Great (280 - 337). The Roman complex at Vižula was built from the period of Emperor Augustus to that of Emperor Constantine the Great (1st - 4th century) and in the following century it was already inhabited by refugees fleeing from the Goths. During the rule of Byzantine Emperor Justinian (6th century) the population adapted it to their way of life by forming closely-built settlements.
On the peninsula you can see the remains of areas for everyday life, promenades, as well as thermal complex, areas with mosaic floors, remains of wall frescoes, capitals, columns, marble walls and floors, architectural decorations, bronze, glass and ceramic objects.
There is a historical story about Emperor Constantine the Great according to which he had his first-born son from the his first marriage Crispus Caesar (299-326), brilliant commander who reigned together with him, imprisoned in the villa, tried by the court in Pula and then executed. The ancient play “Crispo”, which is performed several times a year during the summer months at the site of the villa, is based upon the story of the adulterous liaison between Crispus and his stepmother Fausta.
Beside the preserved remains of the ancient villa, information boards have been set up along the promenade on the peninsula, telling the story of everyday life of the Romans in the ancient villas – information on entertainment, fishing, olive oil production, etc.
When visiting Medulin, we certainly recommend a walk on Vižula; visit the remains of the rich Roman heritage, feel a breath of past times and convince yourself of the beauty of its cultural and natural heritage!
Here you can also enjoy the brochure of the hidden world of ancient Vižula.