old plovdiv, Plovdiv
Favorite thing: There are many ways to walk the old town. Let me suggest a route. You start best at the ploshtat Dzhumaya. Here you can see the Dzumaya mosque. And you stand near the Roman Stadium. You can have a drink at the I Claudius café before you start. Go to the right and walk the Saborna street. Then turn to the right in Mitropolit Paisii street, where at the end of the street you find the Danov house, the St. Nicolai church and the Sveta Bogoroditsa. Then, go back to the Saborna street, walk over the overpass. Go to the right at the thirt street where you find the gallery of fine arts. Again at Saborna a bit further on the right hand the Apteka is located. Look trough the window. A bit further again, turn to the right where you find a small square, here the Boyadjiev house is located. Go back to the Saborna street and before a crossroad you find the St Konstantin and Helena church. On your right side at the crossroad you see the Gate Hissar Kapiya. Turn to the left and follow the 4 yanuari street where you find roman columns and a bit further the Balabanov and Hindlian houses. Behind the latter house there is a street, go to the right and follow the Artin Gidikov street, at the end go to the right where you can find the Kevork church. Go back to the crossroad where you have the Hissar Kapiya gate and go to the left, Chomakov street, so that you can climb the ruins of Eumolpias. Here you are at the top of the Nebet Tepe. You have a great panorama over the city from here and see the surrounding mountains in the distance. There is a terrace, which is converted to a bistro, so you can have a drink there before you head back down the hill. Before you reach the crossroad again, you find the well known etnografical museum on your left hand. A bit further, go to the Hisar Kapiya gate and on the left behind the gate there are the historical museum amd the Nedkovich house. Go to the right and follow the Cyril Nektariev street and Pulden street, you pass by the Lamartine house on your left hand. From there signs give the direction through the Hemus street to the Amfitheater. Go back to Lamartine house where you take the Samodomov street, at the end of this street keep on the right side, where you find again the churches you ve seen in the beginning. You end up at the Saborna street where you can head back to the pl. Dzhumaya.
The old town is Plovdiv’s most interesting and prominent landmark. It attrackts visitors from all over the world. In the 18 th century Plovdiv was the countries centre of enlightment and it was known for its economical and political activity. This led to the development of a quarter
in the hills area where the cultural elite came to live. Many of the houses of these prominents have now different functions and are therefore accessible. (as museum, shops even dormitory). In the Renaissance, plovdiv was the cultural center of Bulgaria. So you can imagine the importance of the old town in these days. Its athmosphere is still preserved amd the numourous decorated churches, the folklore and the relics in the houses are reminding us of the Bulgarian spirit. The Hills of the towns are worth climbing. Bounardjik hill had a statue of Heracles at its top once. The highest hill in Plovdiv (283 m) is called Djendem Tepe, which had a sanctuary and later a temple for Apollo. The lowest hill, Markovo Tepe, is almost razed to the ground.
The old town of Plovdiv is buil don three hills, Nebet Tepe, Djambaz Tepe and Taxim Tepe,
and it contains 19 th century Renaissance architecture (also known as the ‘national revival’ period) Others would prefer to call it the baroque of Plovdiv since it features stylish, colourful simplicity. Since old Plovdiv is an open air museum it will be preserved for the future. The area has more than 150 monuments. Within this large open air museum you find many houses turned into museums as well. But many houses also house art galleries, restaurants and shops. Also crafts and arts can be found in the form of painters and wood-carvers. And on Strumna Street you see coppersmiths, furriers and potters. The best examples of the Plovdiv baroque are etnographical museum house (Koiumjioglu house), the national revival museum (Georgiadi house) and the Zlatyo Boyajiev house (the house of Chomaka), also the well known Balabanov house (an art gallery and concert hall), the Lamartin house (where the writer lived) Maybe the Bulgarian national Revival is best expressed in the “Old Plovdiv” painting by Lavrenov. The houses in the old town have carved wooden ceilings and walls are decorated. The houses have European furniture, very elegant. Between the houses you walk on steep, cobble stone streets and you see lanes with bow windows above them. Bright coloured houses with harmonious patterns. Windows have wooden shuttles, and behind high walls with gates there are gardens that have fruittrees and roses. There are wells and fountains, through the paps water is running. Streets are sometimes super narrow, where the houses nearly touch eachother. The two-and three storey houses with their multi-coloured facades just look like little palaces. In the Renaissance period also many churches were build, such as the St Konstantin and Helena (1832) and the St. Marina (1853).
my home town... every time i return there and walk the streets of the old town, i rediscover something new. then i look at the old buildings, make sure i don't trip on the cobblestone streets. lot of lovely galleries. some good restaurants. cats, cats, cats....
smell of old homes.
incredibly decorated churches.
romans, byzanthians, turks, all left their mark there.
Plovdiv Old Town is a maze of climbing cobblestone streets where the twists and turns offer many surprises. You will stroll among great timber-framed painted mansions; these dozens of National Revival style houses erected during the Bulgarian Renaissance; you will look down on the spectacular views of the Ottoman's Turkish mosques and artisan's homes;
Fondest memory: You will see the original Thracian fortifications, overlaid with Byzantine walls at the crown of these hills.
The second biggest town in the country, the center of Southern Bulgaria. Beautiful (even in winter).
Fondest memory: Unique spirit, different from any other town in the country. What has mostly impressed me - different ethno groups are living in a perfect harmony. Generally, this is common for Bulgaria, but you can see and feel it in Plodiv.
Visit the old town, it's the place that gives the city its uniqueness and character. Don't forget to see the old Roman Amphitheater as well as the typical Bulgarian Renaissance style houses on the sides of the cobblestone streets.
Fondest memory: Spending a hot July day sightseeing with my great friend from Switzerland to whom I owe a big thank you for taking the pictures posted on this page.
Favorite thing: Visit ancient EVMOLPIA. This is a place where the Traks were living thousands years ago (more than 3000). Unfortunately, on the rocks there's a graffit 'F**K NATO' which is not so nice but also has to be seen :-)
the old town of plovdiv - Plovdiv is very, very old. The Eternal City, as Rome is conventionally called, is much younger. Athens, Carthage and Constantinople came into being later. A contemporary of Troy and having survived Mycenae, Plovdiv is a city upon layers of cities and an epoch upon layers of epochs. Plovdiv is all in one: a Thracian and classical Greek polis, the pride of Philip of Macedon, the capital of Thrace under the Roman Empire, a centre of Byzantinism, a stronghold of the Bulgarians, a dream of the crusaders -- a magnificent, wealth and most important city.
Fondest memory: Plovdiv can hardly be described in simple words... One should see it and feel its unique atmosphere in order to understand it. There is a kind of magic in Plovdiv.
Stroll through the Old Towm and visit all the fabulous old hoses and churches with great icons, wood carvings and gardens. Now, many small restaurants and bars could be spotted.
Check my travelogue for more pictures of the Old Town
Fondest memory: When I was a teenager we used to hang out at the Amphitheatre - a great view of the city from the top of the hill.
Favorite thing: Old Town Plovdiv is a city within a city. And you will not fail to marvel at the original Roman city walls and gates which still stand, preserved, in parts of Old Town.