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Plovdiv is more than 6,000 years old. The city was founded on seven hills even earlier than Rome, Constantinople, Carthage or Athens, and is considered to be one of the oldest in Europe. Fifty years ago, however, one of the hills was shovelled away to make space for the growing city. The remaining six hills were left intact.

Located on the shores of River Maritsa, 150 km south of the capital Sofia, Plovdiv is hailed the second-largest city in Bulgaria. Given the city’s history, it’s harder to say who didn’t rule it at some point, rather than who did. A hippodrome, traditional baths and an antique theatre, capable of holding up to 30,000 people, are monuments to Roman times. Ruins of an ancient Thrace settlement – the city’s oldest historical monument – can be seen in the archaeological Nebet Tepe complex. Turkish rule is attested by the mosques of Imaret and Dzhumaya, while Byzantine times are symbolised by the spectacular Orthodox churches of St. Demetrius, St. Nedelya, and St. Marina.

Plovdiv Bulgaria
Photo taken by Juan Antonio F. Segal / flickr.com.  Plovdiv Bulgaria

This city is a veritable journey through history, as every nation has left its mark here. The many architectural monuments have reached us in fairly good condition, a fact the people of Plovdiv greatly appreciate.

The Old Town of Plovdiv is like an open-air museum. Traffic here is forbidden. Due to its beauty, Plovdiv is also called the city of artists – many painters are at work here making sure the city’s 200+ historically significant buildings are not lost in the sands of time. The city’s Strymna neighbourhood is full of pottery, smithery and currier’s workshops. Even though Plovdiv is relatively small, it’s home to almost 400,000 people.

Street musicians in Plovdiv
Photo taken by Mirøslav Hristøff / flickr.com.  Street musicians in Plovdiv

Since the end of the 18th century, the city has been the centre of Bulgaria’s national liberation. During that time, the Bulgarians formed as a nation and fought many battles to secure cultural and political autonomy from the Ottoman Empire. This period is reflected in the city’s excellent national-style houses. These are scattered throughout the entire city, the most spectacular of them being called after their first owners: Balabanov, Gyorgyadzh, Kojumdzhoglu...

In 2019, Plovdiv will become the European capital of culture, which should bring in an even larger influx of tourists than usual. By the way, the international fairs, held in this city, are very popular. News about Plovdiv’s fairs have reached us from ancient times, and now this international event, held in a custom-built fair-city, is organised twice annually.

International folklore festival in Plovdiv
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  International folklore festival in Plovdiv

While you’re here, make sure you visit the open-air shows held in an ancient theatre – the acoustics here are simply fantastic. Also, don’t forget to set some time aside for wandering the ancient cobbled, serpentine streets, visiting the nearby historical Orthodox churches, seeing the work of street artists, listening to the music of street musicians… If the day is especially hot, we recommend you take a seat in the well-maintained city park or listen to the music played by singing fountains.

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