Photos: Tanya Grozdanova
Plovdiv is one of the few modern European cities with well-preserved Roman Forum with Odeon. The Odeon was built during Emperor Adrian's rule, and four construction periods of the building are recognized: from the 2nd to the 4th century AD and it is located in the northeastern corner of the Forum. The Forum was a commercial, administrative and religious center of the ancient city. There have been meetings, debates, celebrations, state affairs. The ancient Odeon with 300-350 seats is one of the last archeological sensations of Plovdiv. It served as the headquarters of the city council of Philippopolis and later became a theater. It was found in 1988 by archaeologists Z. Dimitrov and Maya Martinova. In 1995, the Odeon was declared a cultural value of national importance as part of the forum complex. The presence of a building with such a functional purpose in the central part of the Ancient city gives reason to assume the great significance of Philippopolis as a cultural and political center. In the modern city, the Odeon is also used for various cultural events - it hosts theater performances, concerts, literary readings and even alternative movie screenings.
Part of the team of the only digital guide under the hills managed to peek first at the headquarters of the city council of ancient Philippopolis and go below the level of today's Plovdiv. There is no touristic access to the ancient remains yet, but it is planned to happen in 2019, and only you will be able to peer into the hidden treasures of the City of the seven hills: