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New website for Plovdiv’s ancient stadium of Philippopolis

Author: The Sofia Echo staff Date: Tue, Jul 19 2011 1950 Views
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Ancient met modern on July 19 2011 with the launch of a new website dedicated to the Ancient Stadium of Philippolis in Plovdiv.

The launch of the website is linked to the project to conserve and renew the stadium, a 900 000 euro project supported by the European Economic Area’s financial mechanism.

The Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis forms an architectural ensemble together with the Thermae (Public Baths) and the Treasury, according to the newly-launched website, which has versions in English and in Bulgarian.
The stadium is in the northern part of the city surrounded by defensive walls, in the area between Taskim Tepe (The hill from which water was distributed in the ancient city) and Sahat Tepe (The Hill of the Clock Tower). The track was about 190m long and 30m wide. The Stadium could seat up to 30 000 spectators.

Plovdiv regional governor Ivan Totev said that the website was intended to become one of a series promoting various cultural and historical places in Plovdiv.

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