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Eastern gate of Philippopolis, Plovdiv

Eastern gate of Philippopolis, Plovdiv

The Eastern Gate of Philippopolis is one of the four main city gates of the ancient city of Philippopolis (today's Plovdiv). It is located in the eastern part of the city, where the ancient Roman roads to Constantinople and Adrianople passed.
It was built in the second half of the 2nd century during the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius. The gate was an imposing structure consisting of two towers connected by three arches. The central arch was the largest, while the side arches were smaller.
Over the centuries, the gate underwent several changes and renovations. In the 4th century a defensive wall was added around it. In the Middle Ages the gate was partially demolished and used as building material for the surrounding buildings.
Today the East Gate has been restored and is open to visitors. It is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman architecture in Bulgaria and an important historical site that gives insight into the past of the city of Plovdiv.

Text: Nedyalko Mihalev | Photos: Nedyalko Mihalev | Location: N: 42.148838, E: 24.756014
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