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==See==
 
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The old Plovdiv is compact and walkable, with the main downtown road blocked to car traffic. There is a good collection of Bulgarian revival buildings in use as museums, hotels, and restaurants etc. and is worth a visit if you have chance.  The nearby '''Roman Theatre''', discovered in the 1970's during a construction project, is part of the pedestrian zone, and typically has merchants selling art and other items nearby.  Wander the cobblestone streets near the downtown to find the centuries old '''St. Marina church''' with a unique wooden tower, a '''mosque from the Ottoman Empire''', and on the nearby hill the '''old town center'''.  The old town center was walled, and has a famous '''gateway entrance'''.  Nearby '''Puldin Restaurant''' has subterranean rooms where the old wall and historic artifacts can be seen.  Continuing up the hill several older houses are now museums and the Roman amphitheater with an overlook of the town below is partially restored and still used for concerts and other occasions.
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The old Plovdiv is compact and walkable, with the main downtown road blocked to car traffic. There is a good collection of Bulgarian revival buildings in use as museums, hotels, and restaurants etc. and is worth a visit if you have chance.  The nearby '''Roman Amphitheater''', discovered in the 1970's during a construction project, is part of the pedestrian zone, and typically has merchants selling art and other items nearby.  Wander the cobblestone streets near the downtown to find the centuries old '''St. Marina church''' with a unique wooden tower, a '''mosque from the Ottoman Empire''', and on the nearby hill the '''old town center'''.  The old town center was walled, and has a famous '''gateway entrance'''.  Nearby '''Puldin Restaurant''' has subterranean rooms where the old wall and historic artifacts can be seen.  Continuing up the hill several older houses are now museums and the Roman amphitheater with an overlook of the town below is partially restored and still used for concerts and other occasions.
  
 
In the new center of the city (at the street heading up into the old town) you will find the Roman stadium which dates back to the late 1st/early 2nd century. It had a capacity of 30,000 people; and as the Roman laws dictate that the city stadium should have seating for at least half the population, it summarily shows the town had 60,000 inhabitants during Roman times. In addition, the ancient theatre is capable of seating 6,000 people at once--again, Roman laws dictated that the theatres should accommodate one-tenth of the population at a time.
 
In the new center of the city (at the street heading up into the old town) you will find the Roman stadium which dates back to the late 1st/early 2nd century. It had a capacity of 30,000 people; and as the Roman laws dictate that the city stadium should have seating for at least half the population, it summarily shows the town had 60,000 inhabitants during Roman times. In addition, the ancient theatre is capable of seating 6,000 people at once--again, Roman laws dictated that the theatres should accommodate one-tenth of the population at a time.

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