Plovdiv's Roman amphitheater

One of Plovdiv's crown jewels is this 7,000-seat amphitheater built in the 2nd century during the reign of Emperor Trajan and meticulously restored to become not only a tourist attraction but a magical venue for concerts and other events; other remnants of Roman rule during the 1st through 4th centuries include the Stadium of Philippopolis (only a small section of which has been excavated), the Ancient Forum  (whose Odeon also hosts performances), and remains of an aqueduct, temples, and villas. To go back even further, head uphill to the ruins of the Thracian settlements of Eumolpias and Nebet Tepe.  A 100,000-item trove of Roman and Thracian art and artifacts - as well as treasures from later periods - are on display at the city's Regionalen Archeologicheski Musyey (Regional Archaeological Museum - check out that Thracian gold collection, wow).

Read more about this fascinating city in this post I wrote some time ago, Plovdiv, Bulgaria's Second City, a 2019 European Capital of Culture.




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