SkyscraperCity Forum banner

SOFIA | Ancient Cultural & Communicational Complex Serdica

62584 Views 124 Replies 21 Participants Last post by  Ulpia-Serdica
A little introduction about the Ancient city of Serdica

Sofia was originally a Thracian settlement called Serdica or Sardica (Greek: Σερδική, Σαρδική), named after the Celtic[1] tribe Serdi that had populated it. For a short period during the 4th century B.C., the city was possessed by Philip of Macedon and his son Alexander the Great.

Around 29 B.C., Sofia was conquered by the Romans and renamed Ulpia Serdica.[2] It became a municipium, or centre of an administrative region, during the reign of Emperor Trajan (98-117). The city expanded, as turrets, protective walls, public baths, administrative and cult buildings, a civic basilica and a large amphitheatre called Bouleutherion, were built. When Emperor Diocletian divided the province of Dacia into Dacia Ripensis (on the banks of the Danube) and Dacia Mediterranea, Serdica became the capital of Dacia Mediterranea. The city subsequently expanded for a century and a half, which caused Constantine the Great to call it "my Rome". In 343 A.D. , the Council of Sardica was held in the city, in a church located where the current 6th century Church of Saint Sofia was later built.

Serdica was of moderate size, but magnificent as an urban concept of planning and architecture, with abundant amusements and an active social life. It flourished during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, when it was surrounded with great fortress walls whose remnants can still be seen today.
Currently the Sofia municipality is building the second metro line. Around the area where the existing Serdica metro station is located, will be built the St. Nedelya station and around it there will be a large complex which will incorporate the remains of the old city discovered together with the already exposed remains.

Here is the project

Here are some pictures of the already exposed remains

1 - 1 of 125 Posts
cool, what did they find up there?
Ruins of the main street grid of the city - the houses of the rich merchants and politicians, a church and a church-bound cemetery of the Middle Ages that was ontop of the roman layer, a roman termal bathhouse and public washing basins. Also some public buildings.

Pottery and small obejcts off cource. One of the cardos will be on display right next to the entrance of the subway station.

We hope some artefacts will be on display in the subway station itself, but we still don't have the projects, so we're only guessing.
1 - 1 of 125 Posts
This is an older thread, you may not receive a response, and could be reviving an old thread. Please consider creating a new thread.