Plovdiv is the cultural heart of Bulgaria. Only here can you see ancient history, beauty, lively spirit, and modern culture all blend into one. Plovdiv was even the cultural heart of Europe, during 2019 as cultural capital of Europe,
As you stroll around the Old Town of Plovdiv you almost feel as if you’re in a history book. You can see buildings and traces of almost every historical period!
The Historical Reserve of the Old Town really is one of a kind. You can walk through the cobblestone streets, past the old fortress gate Hisar Kapia (a structure that survived the Middle Ages). You can also see architectural masterpieces from the National Revival Period (18-19th century). The Ancient Roman Theatre was built more than 2000 years ago and it’s still being used today as a venue for concerts, as in the European Orchestra Festival.
The houses from the National Revival Era are a symbol of the Old Town. Wealthy merchants that use to live there built them big like mansions. They used a lot of colour and decoration inspired by their travels around Europe. Two great examples of this type of iconic architecture are the Hindliyan and the Balabanov house.
Plovdiv was built on top of seven hills around the Maritsa River. The 7th hill – Markovo Hill was destroyed over a hundred years ago and used for raw building material. What makes these hills so special is the unique blend of ancient history and modern life coming together.
The locals often visit these places to relax and socialize with friends and family. They also like to spend time visiting historical landmarks and museums like the ones in the Old Town of Plovdiv. Nebet Tepe is one of the best places in town to watch a sunset and there are ruins from over 6000 years ago. With some 8000 years of history Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe!