Philippopolis Amphitheatre is an oasis of antiquity tucked away in Plovdiv’s modern sprawl.
Right at the central district of Plovdiv, a Bulgaria of times ancient springs to life at the time-worn steps of Philippopolis Amphitheatre. Constructed in the 1st century AD, the colossal structure might still have been underground if it weren’t for the 1972 landslide. After countless excavations, the entire amphitheater became accessible. It offers a seating area for over 5,000 people. Travelers to Plovdiv make the most of its old-world ambiance through live shows in the summer. But, the theater has something to offer any time of the year.
Where the spectator seats are facing, an ancient Roman city once thrived under the rule of Domitian. Today, the enchanting view of the Bulgarian countryside occupies the scene. It provides the perfect backdrop for the exquisite scaneae of the theater. A few of the statues decorating it are still intact. But, architecture is not the only thing that makes the amphitheater an invaluable cultural treasure. Scattered across the structure are several inscriptions offering testimony to the ancient history of Plovdiv. The seats of esteemed spectators from the city council members to the friends of the emperor carry their names. Several steles and wall carvings also pepper the site.
If you have the chance, pay a visit to Philippopolis Amphitheatre at nightfall to revel in its beauty as it truly comes to life. The aesthetic pleasures offered here have roots in antiquity. And, you will find it hard to leave behind. You can also observe fascinating views of the city from here. Grab a drink, chat with fellow travelers, and enjoy it at your own pace.
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