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Ancient Theater of Philippopolis, Plovdiv

Ancient Theater of Philippopolis, Plovdiv

The Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis, also known as the Old Theatre, is one of the best preserved ancient theatres in the world. It is located in the city of Plovdiv and is situated on the southern slope of the TriHill, between Taksim Tepe and Dzhambaz Tepe.
The theatre was built during the reign of Emperor Marcus Ulpius Trajan (98-117) and was part of the extensive architectural and fortification of the city that turned it into one of the most beautiful cities of the Roman Empire.
The ancient theatre can seat up to 3,500 spectators. It consists of three horizontal parts: the cavernous orchestra, where musical instruments were placed; the stage, where plays were performed; and the theatron, which is divided into two rows of semicircular stone seats.
The theatre is also known for its acoustics, which allow for excellent sound quality without the need for microphones. This makes it a popular venue for concerts and other cultural events.
The Ancient Theatre of Philippopolis is a significant cultural and tourist attraction. It has been declared a cultural monument in Bulgaria and is included in the list of the Hundred National Tourist Sites. Its well-preserved structure and impressive acoustics make it a must-stop for any visitor to Plovdiv.

Text: Nedyalko Mihalev | Photos: Nedyalko Mihalev | Location: N: 42.146873, E: 24.751097
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