Stadium

 

A part of the Philippopolis stadium track is exhibited in situ at the subterranean level of Excelsior Shopping CenterA part of the Philippopolis stadium track is exhibited in situ at the subterranean level of Excelsior Shopping Center

It was completely forgotten until 1923 when the sphendone was discovered by  pure chance. Its marble and stone rows and an ancient street are on display in the modern Antichen Square. In 2011-2012, it underwent a considerable renovation.

The rest of the structure is still underground, and even in the 20th Century new buildings were constructed over it. Parts of the track and some of the rows can be seen in the subterranean level of the Excelsior Shopping Centre.

The best way to imagine how big the stadium was is to walk from the square down the pedestrian Prince Alexander I Street. Intentionally or not, the street follows the track of the stadium. The façade of the ancient structure is right where today's Kamenitsa Beer Hall is.