After the founding of the Pula fort in 1856, an era began during which a lot was built in a very short time. The Austro-Hungarian fleet required plenty of support buildings: a military hospital, a cemetery, numerous barracks, officers' clubs, military and civilian offices...and all of them were constructed in just two decades. In 1903, the market building was inaugurated. It was a strange structure for the time, made with modern materials like glass and metal. The whole wall is built of glass, supported by a metal skeleton. It is the center of city life in the morning and if you go for a walk there you'll get a good feel for Pula and its Mediterranean culture, which the Austrians and their military failed to change.