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12th #Ulog: Plovdiv Roman Stadium

12th #Ulog: Plovdiv Roman Stadium

June 2019 · 3 min read · Централен

Hello my fellow Steemians and Uloggers!

This is my 12th #Ulog and I want to share with you some pictures and information about Ancient or Roman Stadium in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

So, let me start ... On Friday, June 14, I was during the day in Plovdiv. It is the second-largest city in Bulgaria.

According to Wikipedia, Plovdiv was known in the West by the name Philippopolis after Philip II of Macedon conquered the city in the 4th century BCE. The city was originally a Thracian settlement and subsequently was invaded by Persians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Goths, Huns, Bulgars, Slavs, Rus people, Crusaders, and Turks.

That's why the history and architecture in the city of Plovdiv are very mixed. And, actually, the city has a very rich history. But, today, I want to share some information about Ancient or Roman Stadium in Plovdiv and pictures of it that I took of while I was in Plovdiv.

This is one of the pictures of the Ancient Roman Stadium:


It is located in the city center in the Roman Stadium square:


I went inside/into the Roman stadium:


and, although, in my pictures it looks a little bit small ... it is really an ancient stadium that consists of massive stones:


Let me give you some interesting information about it, that I found in Wikipedia. So, according to Wikipedia, the stadium was built in the beginning of the 2nd century AD during the reign of Emperor Hadrian (117-138). The stadium is approximately 240 m (790 ft) long and 50 m wide, it could seat up to 30000 spectators. The length of the track is one stadion - 625 Roman steps or 600 Greek steps, or approx 180 m (590 ft).

It turned out, that the Stadium was surrounded by an ancient city wall, built back in 172 under the rule of Emperor Marcus Aurelius:


and it was damaged/destroyed in 251 during the invasion of Goths


Yeah, it is really an interesting place to visit!
And this is a bonus picture of Epulchral Ionic Capital from the Western Necropolis of Philippopolis (2nd-3rd c.):

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So, if you visit Bulgaria I would recommend you to stop by Plovdiv and enjoy the city and its rich history!

That's it for today! Thank you for stopping by and reading! I hope you enjoyed it!

Fellow Steemians and Uloggers, I hope you enjoyed my 12th #Ulog. Thank you for reading and commenting!

Click here if you want to check my previous #Ulog (11th Ulog) about the Piece Of Old England In Medieval Moscow

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