Discovered Part of the Seating Area (2004)

In 2004, during the process of reconstruction of the former cinema “Hristo Botev”, in the basement of the building, fragment of the cavea of the Stadium were found. Five rows of seats, a staired aisle, a section of the track and a draining canal were uncovered and later exhibited in situ.

All of them belonged to the Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis. The seats are made from solid marble blocks and the front parts were decorated with plastic ornaments – stylized lion paws, just as the seats uncovered at Djumaya Square. According to archaeologists, this section of the cavea (the seating area) benefited from the natural fall of the terrain. Probably, it was additionally terraced through piles of earth and horizontal walls so that all these should have supported the tiered marble seats of the cavea.

Preserved and exhibited seats in the basement of the building / D. Georgieva