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The Ancient stadium of Philippopolis – preservation, rehabilitation and urban revitalisation

The Ancient stadium of Philippopolis – preservation, rehabilitation and urban revitalisation

Location of the initiative:

 BULGARIA - 4000, Plovdiv


Relation to Strategy 21 Recommendations:

D8 - Protect, restore and enhance heritage, making greater use of new technologies


Time span of the initiative:

2011


Brief description of the initiative:

The Master plan of Plovdiv Municipality intends realisation of an “Underground Museum of Philippopolis”, which provides a thorough exposure of the urban archaeology in combination with an implementation of attractive public functions. The Ancient Stadium is the first stage of its realisation.In 2010 the Preliminary project is updated in keeping with the last archaeological findings. The new suggestions foresee a gradual decrease in the level of the northern part of the square where the fortification wall is, a wider uncovering of the ancient drainage system, etc. On that bases in 2010 was executed the Executive project by the team “Pliska Consulting - Archika. The project covers the creation of audio-visual show "Sound and Light" and information center, and also construction of an underground street at the archaeological level (under "Kniaz Alexander I"), bringing together all the fragments of the Stadium, including those in the basements of the shops. An organization from the donor-state -the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage- funded this project.


Objectives of the initiative:

  • The overall objective of the project was the manifestation of the role of the Ancient Stadium as a resource for sustainable development and to improve the quality of the urban environment in the historic centre of the city.
  • Conservation and exposure of the cultural value of the Stadium and resumption of its vitality by implementing attractive functions and provision of access for disadvantaged people.
  • Transparent management, with public access to the process of decision making and elaboration of a program for sustainable management and development.

Brief assessment of the initiative’s results:

An information centre “Ancient Philippopolis”was opened and multimedia system was developed.There are elevator and platform for disabled people.The number of visitors has greatly increased.


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