Built in the 2nd century AD, in the reign of the Emperor Trajan, this spectacular amphitheatre is a must-see sight in Plovdiv. 


I was surprised to hear that the amphitheater was only discovered due to a freak landslide in 1972 revealing its remains. It has since been restored and is used to host music and cultural events. When we visited, they were just setting up the stage for a theatrical performance.


I was amazed at how well preserved the structure was – of course it has been restored, but even so…


Walking down to the front, we were able to admire the incredible statues and columns of the front wall. The quality and detail put into the decoration of the amphitheater clearly indicated how important it was for Roman life.


Definitely deserving of its position as the top sight in Plovdiv, this amphitheater is worth the visit. It was very cheap to enter and explore, but if you are on a very right budget it is also possible to get a very good view for free from the street above.

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