The Bishop's Basilica of ancient Philippopolis is one of the largest and most important early Christian sites in Europe. Built in the middle of the 4th century, it is grand in size and has over 2,000 sq.m of mosaic floors depicting intricate geometric compositions, flowers, plants, birds.
Through the centuries, the Bishop's Basilica welcomed people from different religions, lands and cultures, but a moment came when it was abandoned, debris buried its ruins and time erased any living memory of it. This ended only in the 1980s, when the Basilica was discovered during construction works. Thirty years later, the Bishop's Basilica returns to life. The application of the Bishop's Basilica and the Roman mosaic heritage of Philippopolis were included in UNESCO's Tentative List of important culture and nature sites.
The archaeological research and the conservation and restoration of the Basilica are supported jointly by the America for Bulgaria Foundation and Plovdiv Municipality.
The Bishop's Basilica is expected to open for visitors at the beginning of the active tourist season of 2020. The new, modern Visitor Center will offer virtual reality and interactive activities for adults and children.