The South Defense Tower or Round Tower is the remains of the former defensive walls of the Poreč city. It is situated on the south-eastern part of the peninsula. This was the perfect place to control access to the sea and the mainland.
The tower was built in 1474 during the podesta of Pietro da Mula. The stone plaque with the podesta initials and the year of construction is mounted on the south side in the top part of the tower.
Ground-plan of the tower has a regular circular shape, but in the interior of the tower can be found a tangle of irregular corridors, passages, climbs and the rifle area. The tower was built by the Venetian Republic at the time of the last renewal of the walls because of the Ottoman threat.
Today visitors can climb up the tower from the inside to the terrace on its roof, where the caffe bar Torre Rotonda is located.
- Source: muzejporec.hr