Tourist Attraction in Plovdiv: Plovdiv Roman Theatre
The Roman Theater was erected between 114 and 117 in then Filippopoli, under Trajan, as evidenced by an inscription discovered there. The original cavea was able to accommodate from 5,000 to 7,000 viewers. Various sections of the theater were reserved for the districts where the city was divided. At present the cavea has retained fourteen steps, which together with the remains of the scene and the proscene still testify to the decorative wealth of the building. The ancient stadium of Filippopoli is located in the very center of Dumaja. Originally the stadium was used for the running of athletic games. Here were the games of Kendrijski and Alexandria, in honor of god Apollo and Alexander the Great. Only at the end of the 4th century, the stadium began to be used as a racing track for wagering races, because the Theodoran theorian forbade athletic games. The ancient circus was one of the most impressive and indicative buildings of the thriving city of Philip. It consisted of 1000 Roman passes of length and 250 of width (respectively 250 meters for 74 meters), with a race track measuring 600 Roman passes in length. Currently only a small part of the structure has been brought to light, the rest of it remains buried beneath the level of the main pedestrian street of the city on the sides of which today are the historic buildings that host the most renowned shops and bars. The architectural style of the stadium is typical of the cities of Anatolia (like Miletus, Aspendos, Ephesus). The only visible part today is the stage section (the vault) with the places for visitors disposed on 14 orders of marble stairs, embellished with reliefs embossed, carved in the shape of a lion's foot. At the center of the vault, framed by marble stairs, there is one of the semicircular arch inputs, which led the viewers inside the structure. In the archaeological area underneath the square are also visible the foundations of the aqueduct bearing columns, which in ancient times stood near the stadium and a main street in the ancient city, paved with large sienite slabs, which led to the building.