Tour of Plovdiv (Bulgaria)
This excursion is included in the programs of the following field schools and it is covered by the the reimbursement payment:
- Ancient Greeks in the Land of Dionysos - Excavation of Emporion Pistiros, Thrace
- Tell Yunatsite Excavations – Seeking Europe's First Civilization
- Bona Mansio - Roman Road Station on Via Diagonalis
Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria. It is also known as one of the oldest cities in Europe, based on the uninterrupted habitation here for over 8000 years. The evidence dates back to ca. 6000 BCE when the first Neolithic settlements were established. The city was known for most of its recorded history by the name Philippopolis as Philip II of Macedon conquered it in the 4th century BCE and gave his name to it. Before that the city was a center of the Thracian state. It is also one of the largest and best preserved Roman cities of the eastern Balkan peninsula.
Plovdiv is situated in a fertile region of south-central Bulgaria on the two banks of the Maritsa River. The city has historically developed on seven syenite hills, some of which are 250 meters (820 feet) high. Because of these hills, Plovdiv is often referred to in Bulgaria as "The City of the Seven Hills". There are many remains preserved from antiquity such as the ancient Plovdiv Roman theatre, Roman Odeon, Roman aqueduct, Roman Stadium, the archaeological complex Eirene, and others.
The trip includes visits to the Archaeological Museum, the Old Town Quarter (17th – 19th century) and Acropolis, the Roman Forum, the Roman Theater (2nd century CE), the Roman stadium (2nd century CE) and the so-called Small basilica from the time of Early Christianity.
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