Exhibition | "The Bishop’s Basilica and the Roman Mosaic Heritage of Philippopolis"
he Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis, the predecessor of today’s Plovdiv, is the largest Early Christian temple in Bulgaria. A coin dating back to the times of Emperor Licinius (308-324) discovered during the excavations of the Bishop’s Basilica, has spawned the hypothesis that the basilica was among the first to be erected in the Roman Empire after Christianity was legalized, in 313.
The Bishop’s Basilica unites the efforts of Plovdiv Municipality, Bulgaria’s government, America for Bulgaria foundation, archeologists, restorers, architects, engineers, urban planners, and hundreds of individuals and companies from all over the country who volunteered more than 2,700 hours to unearth the treasures hidden beneath a thick layer of dirt and debris. The Bishop’s Basilica site is quickly turning into a remarkable historic landmark that promises to be a cultural, tourist, and community centerpiece for genera¬tions to come. This benefits not only Plovdiv and Bulgaria, but all who appreciate history, beautiful craftsmanship, and the centuries of stories left behind.