First Archaeological Records (1923)

The first archaeological discoveries of the Ancient Stadium date from 1923 - the amphitheater seats rows (at "Dzhumaya" Square) and the masonry pillars with pilasters with relief images (found on the "Kamenitsa" Square next the "Dr Valkovich" Str.).

Like the other imperial buildings for spectacular events, the Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis had its honourable seats preserved by inscriptions in the marble blocks. In the middle of the Eastern part of the Stadium such seats were discovered during the construction of a Trading Centre. Unlike the seats for regular spectators those had inscriptions in Greek showing that they were reserved for members of higher pulblic position.

The main entrance of the Stadium is shaped of masonry pillars. The pillars were supposedly decorated with marble pilasters and bas-reliefs featuring the prize – vases with palm sprays, accompanied by Hercules’ attributes – lion skin, a mace and a quiver. The original bas-reliefs are exposed in the Regional Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv.

 

Old pictures of "Dzhumaya" Square:
Plovdiv, southern part of "Dzhumaya" Square, the 30s of 20th century
Plovdiv, western part of "Dzhumaya" Square, the 50s of 20th century
Plovdiv, pictures and postcards of "Knyaz Boris I" ("Dzhumaya") Square

Dzhumaya Sq. (19 November Sq.) before excavation works