The Hydrographic Institute

The Hydrographic Institute or the Institute in Pula was established by the Austro-Hungarian navy. Due to the development of the navy and its needs, the Hydrographic Institute as the first institution of this kind on the Adriatic was set up in Trieste. Only three years later, in 1863, the storage subsidiary in Pula opened.

The Institute obtained its full name, Hydrographisches Amt der k. u. k. Kriegsmarine, after the Trieste institution was shut down, thus changing its name from the storage subsidiary into the Hydrographic Warehouse, and under the 1869 Statute into the Institute. Before its establishment, the institute conducted meteorological observations and had the astronomy observation house as well. The Hydrographic Institute consisted of four departments: the astronomic, meteorological, geomagnetic and tidal observatory, the nautical instruments storage with a mechanical workshop, the maritime map storage and the naval library. Additionally, the geophysics department was established.

The Institute gave successful scientific and research results, especially in the field of astronomy with discovered 28 planetoids by astronomer Johann Palisa. Having closed in 1918, the Italian government moved most of the equipment to Italy.

The building erected on Monte Zara is special for its two domes on each ends, while its central part was emphasized by an additional floor and a triangle finish oriel. Unlike the two-floor central wing, lateral wings have one storey and pronounced dome finishes. After the WW2 and the Anglo-American bombarding, the Hydrographic Institute was completely ruined. Only the northern dome of the observatory has been preserved.

Park Monte Zaro 2, HR-52100 Pula-Pola



Praises from abroad to Istria

  • Best Olive Oil Region in the world 2016, 2017 and 2018

  • Istria 52 Places To Go In 2017

  • 10 Best European
    Wine Destinations 2016

  • 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations 2015

  • World's 2nd Best Olive Oil Region 2010 - 2015

  • Top 10 Valentine's Day Retreats 2014

Already receiving significant earned media in outlets such as National Geographic Traveler Huffington Post and mention in notable guidebooks like Lonely Planet, international journalists and tour operators alike continue the praise heaped upon the Istrian peninsula and all it has to offer making it one of the world's top destinations.