Roman Tunnel in Plovdiv

Another brief item from SNA:

Municipal employees discovered a well-preserved ancient Roman tunnel in the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv.

The workers were clearing up the Nebet Tepe (“Guards’ Hill”) fortress in order to turn into a tourist attraction when they came across the tunnel near the Maritsa River.

The tunnel has a fully preserved staircase and leads to the northern side of the fortress. Plovdiv’s Deputy Mayor Shopov, who is a historian himself, told the BGNES news agency that no one had any idea about the existence of the tunnel.

The clearing up of the fortress began after a month ago the Plovdiv Municipality got a permission from the Bulgarian state to be in charge of the ancient site, and to turn it into a clean and well-lit tourist attraction ready to welcome tourists.

The Guards’ Hill is one of the many historic sites in Plovdiv; it features remains of a prehistoric settlement, and in 12th century BC was the site of the Ancient Thracian city Evmolpia.

Plovdiv was one of those cities called Philippopolis in Greek times, then Trimontium when the Romans had control of the area.

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