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Plovdiv- the city of many ages and cultures

The second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv is the 2019 European Capital of Culture. Also known as ‘Philippopolis’, Plovdiv showcases numerous exhibits and artefacts from the region’s social, cultural, and historical fabric. 

 

With over 6,000 years of continuous human history, it is one of the oldest cities in the world. Roman ruins, Ottoman influences, and Bulgarian National Revival architecture are examples of the city’s rich, multilayered past.

 

 

The Tsar Simeon garden’s lake with the singing fountains is one of the most loved places in Plovdiv, both by locals and visitors. It is located right next to the central park. Although it is beautiful at anytime, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 21:00 are a bit more special. At that time, you can enjoy the beautiful dance of sound and light above the lake. Thus, the name- the singing fountains. 

From the singing fountains, you can walk through the park and reach the main street, known also as the ‘’Glavnata’’. There you will witness great architechure among all the shops. Without even realising you will find yourself in the neighborhood of Kapana which translates to “The Trap” in Bulgarian. This used to be the heart of town for merchants and craftsmen, and still keeps the same artsy and free-spirited vibe. 

 

 

Plovdiv, also known in the history as Trimontium, meaning the City of Three Hills is a must visit place. Originally, there were seven hills, but one, called Markovo Tepe, was quarried for syenite stone in the 19th and 20th centuries.

As a matter of fact, most of the pavement around Plovidv is made of this syenite, so you might as well be walking on Markovo Tepe. 

One of the hills in Plovdiv is known as Nebet Hill. There is a massive Roman fortress complex on this hill, but it’s not as well preserved as other Roman ruins in Plovdiv.

 

 

Walls and some towers are all that remain today. There is a secret tunnel beneath these and an ancient water reservoir nearby. You can also see the former gate, but what really makes Nebet Hill worth visiting are the stunning views of Plovdiv. 

A breathtaking amphitheater built nearly 2,000 years ago by the Romans is among the most famous sights in Plovdiv. One of the world’s best-preserved amphitheaters despite its age. In the heart of Plovdiv, you can also find the ruins of a Roman stadium. Although the stadium is not as well preserved as the amphitheater, the seating area and gates can still be seen. 

Despite being mostly destroyed today, the stadium once held 30,000 spectators. It’s located right next to the Dzhumaya Mosque.  Currently, the only mosque still standing in Plovdiv is the 1363-built Dzhumaya Mosque.

 

 

Thank you for reading this article, we hope this information helped you to get a better picture of Plovdiv. You are most welcome to stay at Ubis Hotel if you ever travel nearby.

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