Landmarks included in the tour: The Eastern Gate; Fortifications; Theatre; Stadium; Forum and Odeon
The Eastern Gate of Philippopolis
In the year 123, or probably in 131, Emperor Hadrian left Philippopolis and continued his travels
Historians didn't mention the visit . But it happened, and the city has preserved pieces of evidence
Marcus Ulpius tombstone. A soldier, whose purpose in life was to go where the emperor goes.
The Fortifications of Philippopolis
The steep hills of the acropolis were protected by a strong fortress built in the 4th Century BC
The walls of Philippopolis were build in the reign of Emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180)
In 172 the fortifications on the acropolis were rebuilt and a great wall encircled the city
The theatre of Roman Philippopolis
Built: 108-114 Cavea Diameter: 80 metеrs Orchestra diameter: 27 meters
Proscenium: 3 meters high Rows: 28 Capacity: up to 5,000 people
The theatre had lodge for high-esteemed visitors, like Emperor Caracalla who visited in 214.
The stadium of Roman Philippopolis
Built: the 90s Track: 230 meters long, 32 meters wide Rows: 14 Capacity: up to 30,000 people
It is possible that the Philippopolis stadium doubled as a gladiator arena.
Whatever events gathered the people of Philippopolis they were anticipated.
The forum of Roman Philippopolis
Built: beginning of the 1st Century AD until middle of the 5th Century
Length north to south: 143 meters Width east to west: 136 meters Open area: 11 hectares
In the 2nd Century the forum of Philippopolis was reconstructed, with marble