Roman Amphitheatre in Plovdiv
The Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv is one of the biggest cultural sights of this city, located in the central southern part of the country. As the second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv is a modern successor to the rich history that begins to write on this land since ancient times.
The greatest heritage of the city appears exactly at the ancient theater, which is the greatest achievement in the field of monuments from the Antiquity in Bulgaria.
The Ancient Theatre is part of the Old Town of Plovdiv. It is situated on the hill, Trimontium. This is the name that is still worn in ancient Plovdiv. The Ancient Theatre with its impressive architecture is situated between two hills.
It was built during the reign of Emperor Trajan Marcus Ulpia, at the temple of the Thracian goddess Bendida. The Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv is one of the best preserved ancient theaters worldwide. It should be noted that the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv is not Amphitheatre. This error is allowed fairly frequently, but the truth is that the amphitheater is a different type of antique building.
The Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv was built in the early second century AD, at the time of Emperor Trajan (98-117). In those ancient centuries it was one of the most significant public buildings Trimontium. The building is distinguished by its remarkable architecture, magnificent design and representativeness. The stands of the Ancient Theatre could accommodate 5 to 7, 000 spectators from all over who have great vision to the stage, which was generously decorated with friezes, cornices and statues.
Thanks to archaeological excavations taking place during the years of 1968-1979, at the Archaeological Museum - Plovdiv today you can still enjoy the unique atmosphere of the Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv. It is included in the architectural reserve, Old Plovdiv.
The Ancient Theatre in Plovdiv has excellent acoustics, which is due to the specific architecture of the theater. Even today it is used for concerts and other public events, mainly during the summer months of the year.