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THE ODEON

The ancient Odeon with 300-350 seats is one of the latest archaeological sensations of Plovdiv. Its ruins were discovered and restored opposite Central Post Office. The Odeon features all elements of a covered theatre building. The ruins exposed also reveal four construction phases. The ruins of the building in its latest layout, dated to the mid-3rd century, after the Gothic invasion, are best preserved. As an element of the Forum ensemble, the Odeon also served as the seat of the city council of Philippopolis. Besides, it was also used for chamber theatre, musical and literature events.

Its archaeological exploration yielded many valuable finds: marble fragments from the building, an inscription on the pedestal of an emperor's statue which was probably placed on the stage, Roman water pipelines, a gallery with preserved ancient walls, original marble half-columns, as well as 87 old silver coins from the Odeon, which had probably been concealed during the Gothic invasion.

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