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Ancient Philippopolis

At the heart of today's city of Plovdiv lie centuries of historical layers. In order to reveal the true cultural value of the Stadium it is necessary to become closely familiar with the history of Philippopolis.

Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities not only in Bulgaria but in Europe. It had many names - Eumolpia, Puldin, Trimontium, Philippopolis. From the beginning of the first settlements in the VI Millenium BC the territory has been inhabited without interruption. Thus the city received the name of "The Eternal city of Bulgaria".

ancient city map

Originally the fortified city (acropolis) appears on the three hills - Nebet Tepe, Dzhambaz Tepe and Taksim Tepe. The city under the acropolis occurs before the Romans and gradually developed to the south, southeast and southwest of the Three Hills (Trimontium).

Today Plovdiv is famous as the city of the seven hills.

Heracles and Caracalla, relief from a chariot / Regional Archaeological Museum, Plovdiv