Current News

Current News

Ancient Roman Stadium reconstruction works

Ancient Roman Stadium reconstruction works

2/25/2010 4:03:43 PM

The photogrammetric surveying of the Ancient Roman Stadium located in the center of Plovdiv's main street starts today, at exactly 11 AM. The event will be supervised personally by the Regional Governor, Ivan Totev.

Technical project development has been scheduled to take about 4 months, with the goal to uncover a new part of the Roman Stadium of Philippopolis, as well as parts of the aqueduct and an ancient street running close by. The project has won financing from the European Economic Area program of 900,000 Euros.

"The project envisages the construction of an ancient underground museum. Such museums exists in only a few places in the world, and it will be the first in the country," said Ivan Totev, Regional Governor of Plovdiv.

Modern presentation centers will also be built, and facilities for the disabled will be added.

Archaeologists will also excavate parts of the site, hoping to find further traces of early Roman times.

The stadium, which dates from the 2nd century AD, having been built during the rule of Roman Emperor Septimus Severus, is situated in the centre of the city, in Dzhumaya square.

Discovered in the 1970s, it has never been fully exposed, as most of its 180-meter length lies underneath the city’s principal shopping street.

The stadium is one of the largest Roman structures in the Balkans; it is estimated it could accommodate over 30 000 spectators at the games and contests once held there.

Plovdiv - known in Roman times as Trimontium, the City of the Three Hills - boasts several other Roman remains of historical importance.

They include the famous Amphitheater, which regularly stages concerts and artistic performances; the extensive remains of the Agora, or market place; sections of paved streets; and the remains of an aqueduct, and several temples, villas and numerous frescoes and mosaics.

 

Bulgarian Literacy and Culture Celebration Day - May 24th
Ever since the earliest Bulgarian manuscript books (preserved until today), we can trace the tradition to honor the two saint brothers - St Cyril (on February 14th) and St Methodius (on April 6th) ...
St.St.Constantine and Helena Feast
St.St.Constantine and Helena Feast
5/21/2019 8:00:00 AM
May 21st is celebrated in Bulgaria as the church feast of St. St.Constatine and Helena.
NIGHT OF MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
NIGHT OF MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
5/18/2019 9:00:00 AM
Tonight Plovdiv will have no sleep - all private, municipal and state museums and art galleries in Plovdiv will stay open throughout the night for visitors.
The St. St. Cyril and Methodius Day
The St. St. Cyril and Methodius Day
5/11/2019 10:00:00 AM
The first celebration of the Day of the Holy Brothers, St.Cyril and St.Methodius, was organized by the eminent Plovdiv figure Nayden Gerov in 1851, in the city of Pl...
May 9th - the Day of Europe
May 9th - the Day of Europe
5/9/2019 7:00:00 AM
On the 9th of May 1950, Robert Schumann presented his proposal on the creation of an organized Europe, indispensable to the maintenance of peaceful relations.
May 6th - Gergyovden (St Georgs Day)
The national feast Gergyovden (St Georgs Day), called by different versions of the namein the different parts of the country: Gergyuvden, Gyurgyovden,...
 Orthodox Christians mark Toma’s Sunday
Orthodox Christians mark Toma’s Sunday
The world Day of Free Journalism
The world Day of Free Journalism
5/3/2019 10:00:00 AM
The world Day of Free Journalism has been celebrating since 1992 on UNESCO initiative.
Today is Borisovden
Today is Borisovden
5/2/2019 10:00:00 AM
May 2 is the traditional Church Holiday of Borisovden - everyone having the name of Boris and all the derivatives: Borislav, Borislava, Boryana celebrate their name day
Today is May 1st - international Labor Day
May Day has long been a focal point for demonstrations by various socialist, communist, and anarchist groups.