For a rainny day
Boots are best for a rainny day in Stara Zagora. I learn this first hand. The drainage system is still getting improved. There are areas still on ground instead of cement or tar. When it rains mud is spread everywhere. Some sidewalks turn into mud pools.
Home Of The Zagorka Brewery...
"...but all I saw was the bus station!"
My bus from Plovdiv to Veliko Turnovo passed through Stara Zagora. If I'd had a bit more time I would have stopped here a night or two do some Zagorka research - they do say that the beer is best sampled at source!
Not to be this visit but passing through impressions were good. Stara Zagora looks like a well-kept, cared for, sort of place and so next time I reckon a day or two will be spent here - purely for research of course ;)
Stara Zagora: Open Market Town
Welcome to Stara Zagora. Known more as a great place to shop with it endless number of shops & endless number of bars & cafes. This modern town is excellent for if you want to just get away and walk. There are few parks and centers of attraction. The center of Stara Zagora is the part I have visited and the pictures are from that area of the town.
Located at the foot of the Sredna Gora mountains, Stara Zagora is one of the most ancient settlements in Europe. It has been inhabited for at least 8000 years.
Stara Zagora is famous as the town of lime-trees, painters and poets It is the birthplace of the writers Georgi Bakalov, Kiril Hristov, Dimitar Podvarzachov, Nikolai Liliev, Veselin Hanchev, the famous opera singer Hristina Morfova, the painters Anton and Georgi Mitovi, Vasil Kostakiev, Mario Zekov, Atanas Mihov, Dimitar Gudjenov. The famous poet Geo Milev lived and worked in Stara Zagora as well.
Stara Zagora Page
STARA ZAGORA - a town at the southeastern foot of Surnena Gora Mountain, 231 km east of Sofia. Population of 150 000. A junction of the railway lines Sofia-Plovdiv-Bourgas and Rouse-Podkova.
"History of Stara Zagora"
The Stara Zagora Region, located at the crossroads of multiple civilizations, has a particular glow coming out of its past - hidden in the depth of millennia. Inhabited by Thracians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Slavs, Ottomans, and Bulgarians, this antique land bears the immortal historical testimony of its past civilizations. Stara Zagora's Neolithic dwellings (the earliest traces of human activity in Europe from the 7th - 6th millennium BC); the Karasura archaeological excavations near Chirpan; the ruins of the ancient Roman Forum at the center of Stara Zagora, and the Thracian tomb in Kazanlak are among its countless historical treasures.
The town of Stara Zagora has been burned to the ground and raised from ashes in a number of devastating fires. Less than 150 years ago, it was resurrected from ruins. Stone by stone and brick by brick, it was rebuilt. It has entered the modern era as an important cultural center and as a vital thriving community with tree-lined streets, lively cafes and beautiful parks.