News (Ancient) Part of important Roman-era street, building façade found at Plovdiv site

By Bestiola, in 'Latin Culture', Aug 19, 2018.

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    Remnants of what was one of the most important streets in Philippopolis, the ancient name of Bulgaria’s second city Plovdiv, have been found by archaeologists examining the eastern part of the former town square, the Agora.
    To residents of Philippopolis, the main street would have been known as the Cardo Maximus.
    At Plovdiv’s Odeon, archaeologists also have found large remnants of the façade of the building used for local government meetings during the Roman Empire.
    Archaeologists already have examined about 10 metres of the paving of the ancient road, local media reported on August 13, and were surprised when they found large fragments of the Odeon’s façade.
    Archaeologist Maya Martinova-Kyutova said that this was actually the main façade of the Odeon, a place where there were probably three to four entrances. She said that the façade had a monumental shape, probably with a portico, because the dig team had found fragments of columns and other characteristic architectual elements.
    The building had remained extant for a long time, until the Middle Ages, when it was destroyed, most probably by an earthquake.
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