Weekly Photo Challenge: Structure

September 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm 10 comments

Ancient Roman Amphitheatre

Location: Ancient Roman Amphitheatre, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
We go to a famous site for different reasons. It’s in our bucket list. Somebody like our mother or special someone has told us to. Or simply just for bragging rights. We do it to prove we’d been there.

Whatever the persuasion, it will make the visit more interesting if we know some background information beforehand. This can be achieved by doing our homework or through the courtesy of a capable guide.

Ancient Graffiti Ancient Graffiti

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The above pictures were taken during a tour of the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, built by Emperor Trajan in the 2nd century AD. Our guide told us that they were 2,000-year old graffiti etched on the seats of the amphitheatre. One of them looked like a leaf or a heart. The other seemed to combine a cross and a circle.

Nobody knows for sure what the significance of these graffiti were. Our guide speculated that they could have been used as markers for seats reserved for important people.

On seeing them, a human link to the past was established. Suddenly, the imagination got engaged and the dull structures became alive with the sounds of dueling gladiators and the deafening noise of spectators lusting for blood.

Plovdiv is the second largest city of Bulgaria. It has been referred to as the land of the Thracians and considered to be Europe’s oldest city. Like the rest of Bulgaria, it had been cross-pollinated by many cultures mostly through war and conquest. In the old days, it fell under the rule of the Greeks, the Romans, the Byzantines, and the Ottomans.

I couldn’t get enough of this country where Americans rarely go. I plan to visit it again later next month.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. yuhublogger  |  September 1, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    This is very interesting. I hope you enjoy your visit.

    • 2. plaridel  |  September 2, 2017 at 9:12 am


      i’m keeping my fingers crossed. thank you. 🙂

      • 3. yuhublogger  |  September 2, 2017 at 10:12 am

        I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself.

        • 4. plaridel  |  September 3, 2017 at 11:23 am


          thank you.

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    • 6. plaridel  |  September 2, 2017 at 9:12 am


      thanks for the pingback! much appreciated.

  • 7. risabuzatova  |  September 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Plovdiv is a great city to walk around and spend time in. The Old City has a many-layered history and the newer parts are full of pedestrian-only boulevards and park spaces. There’s a reason Plovdiv is the European Capital of Culture 2019 (http://plovdiv2019.eu/en/). It’s one of my favorite places.

    • 8. plaridel  |  September 4, 2017 at 7:43 pm


      i totally agree. 🙂

  • 9. Shibin Dinesh  |  September 5, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Nice structure! Good choice for the challenge.

    • 10. plaridel  |  September 5, 2017 at 7:31 pm


      thank you. much appreciated.


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