Veliko Tarnovo

Nicopolis ad Istrum

  Nikiup     more than a year ago
Ruins of a Roman town situated approximately 20 km from Veliko Turnovo on the road to Russe and best visited in Spring, Summer or Autumn.

Built by emperor Trajan at the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. after his victory over the Dacians, the town flourished until it was destroyed by the Huns in the 5th century, then rebuilt only to be destroyed again at the end of the 6th century. A typical example of Roman town planning, the streets crossed at right angles and followed the cardinal points. Most of what there is to see here are columns and bits of buildings lying in the long grass, the marble statues and other valuable finds having been removed to museums in Sofia and Veliko Turnovo.  You can still see the odeon (small theatre and stage); the agora (the main square) surrounded by columns; parts of the thermi (public baths), streets paved with enormous stone blocks and remains of a waste water and central heating system!



OpenĀ 09:00-18:00.
09:00-18:00 (April-October)
10:00-16:00 (November-March)


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