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Plovdiv, the Ancient town

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Corridor: Diagonal Road
Country: Bulgaria, Plovdiv
Type: Ancient Site
Epoch: Antiquity
Theme: Antiquity
World Heritage:
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The ancient Trimontsium was one of the biggest towns in the Roman empire. The numerous traces discovered from that period prove the grandeur and richness of the town.
The Forum had impressive dimensions (112 m long and 100m wide), while the preserved fragments reveal the imposing architecture, which’s building and art decoration specific features vary during the different historical stages of development of Trimontsium. Close to the Forum was discovered, restored and exhibit the small but very refined building of the covered theatre, the Odeon.
On the hill of Djambaz teppe (one of the three hills) is situated the great open theatre, built in the first half of the 2nd century, which was one of the most imposing public buildings in the Roman town. The theatre was restored and nowadays it is used for various musical and theatre performances.
From the town stadium (2nd c.) is preserved only the northern part of the stadium (caveate) together with its equipment. This fragment was restored and exhibited along with the discovered in its vicinity fortification wall and the foundations of a Roman aqueduct.
On numerous sites in the town were discovered and restored parts of the street pavement of the ancient town, as well as fragments of well preserved mosaics, exhibited in the underground levels of some public buildings and subways.

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