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    Nebet Tepe hill.

    by Askla Updated Dec 8, 2012

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    The Nebet Tepe hill contains various archaeological layers, the oldest one being from the Bronze Age, 3rd millennium BOT. Archeologists have discovered some rock-cuttings and places for offerings and sacrifices to the gods proving a Thracian sanctuary and settlement to have been on the site.
    The hill was later conquered by Philip II of Macedonia in 342 BOT. He gave the settlement the name Philipopolis, "polis" being the Greek word for "town".
    Throughout the years the fortifications were repeatedly demolished, reconstructed and extended. The preserved remains display several types of building techniques from pre-Roman, Roman and Byzantine times through the Middle Ages.
    Objects of everyday life discovered during excavations, have been exhibited at the Archaeological Museum.

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    Free Plovdiv Tour

    by filipco Updated Nov 27, 2012

    The free English-language sightseeing walking tour of Bulgaria’s second largest city. Every day at 2PM. Starting point - Central Post Station. Ending point - Nebet Hill. Organized by volunteers from "Free Sofia Tour" non-profit organization

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    Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts

    by mindcrime Updated Apr 9, 2012

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    Many of the lovely restored housed in Old Town of Plovdiv are turned into museums but we had to get closer and read the sign to see what is each one. This building seemed great, I thought it was another museum but it is Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts. It covers a big variety of themes (stage and costume design, painting, modeling, visual arts, animation, lighting etc) offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

    It was closed but we loved the side wall (pic 1) and the smart sculpture on the front (pic 2) that will give you some nice photo ideas. I guess inside they have much more like this but we didn’t check.
    On the left of the building we noticed another sculpture (pic 3), a monument I guess but I couldn’t find information about it as the small sign was in Bulgarian only.

    Edit (thanks to my VTfriend mirchica that lives in Plovdiv):
    The house is actually an art gallery, the real academy is just next to the ancient theater, The monument in front of the gallery is of Tsanko Lavrenov - famous Bulgarian painter.

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    main square

    by mindcrime Written Apr 8, 2012

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    Arriving in Plovdiv by train/bus you have to walk 10’ to the center. The first thing you see is the square Stefan Stambolov which is the main square of Plovdiv.

    I noticed a nice fountain, some benches that look like buttons (!) and numerous open air cafes full of people, tourists and locals, a great spot to see people passing by. It was a sunny morning but still in February the temperatures where very low so we decided to walk around a bit and check some of the buildings.

    The Town Hall building (pic 3) seems very nice especially if you compare it with some ugly ones like the huge Post Office(pic 4) which is located a bit south of the square on the same pedestrian street. We took a picture, we fed the pigeons and started to walk up the main pedestrian street.

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    Sveta Bogorodica church

    by mindcrime Written Apr 8, 2012

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    Sveta Bogorodica church was the first church we visited in Plovdiv. Walking up Saborna street we saw the stairs that lead to a chairs with a lovely bell tower in blue & pink colors!

    The three aisle church was built in 1844 but tower (in Russian style) was added in 1880 after the Bulgarian liberation. The church is dedicated to Holy Virgin like the previous church that was there since 9th century, laterl became a monastery and demolished by ottomans when the conquered the town in 1371.

    The interior isn’t dark as in other Bulgarian churches so we could enjoy some nice murals from 19th century (showing saints but also scenes from daily life, the most interesting was the one showing a turk putting in trouble some locals), most of the murals were made by Nicola Odrinchanin.

    After visiting the church we stood for some minutes on the front yard where there are some benches, the sun was still bright enough and we loved the fact there was no one around…

    The church is open daily 7.30-18.30 with the morning mass at 8.00am

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    Roman Plovdiv and the ancient roman theatre

    by mindcrime Written Apr 8, 2012

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    The romans arrived in the area in 72AD establishing a small garrison to protect the trade transfers. The area was in strategic position so soon it became a normal town called Trimontium (city of the three hills). The romans as elsewhere they created a typical roman town with beautiful buildings, baths, roman agora, an aqueduct, two theaters and a huge stadium.

    There are not many things you can see from that era today, actually we were disappointed on our attempt to see the fractions of the Roman Coliseum that was discovered under Dzhumaya mosque, the whole area was under restoration so I tried to see through the small hole and what I saw didn’t impress me(pic 3) as there is just a small part you can see. But later that day I’ve read all the details about it. The mosque is at the end of the main pedestrian street of Plovdiv which sits above the huge stadium that was built by Septimus Severus at the end of second century and used for the Alexandrian games. It was a really big and impressive stadium, 180 meters long with 30,000 seats (the rostrums were built over two hills, Sahat tepe and Taxim tepe.

    Hopefully, 3’ away from there up on the Old Town you can see the ancient Roman Theatre (pics 1-2). It was founded in the 1970s but took them some years to remove the 15 meter deep and thick layer of mud but finally it was restored and now still in use during the summer months for concerts, dances and local festivals. This huge amphitheatre that can hold up to 7,000 people was built during the reign of emperor Trajan (2nd century AD) but it got seriously damaged by Attila the Hun in the 5th century.

    It is open to the public daily 8.00-18.00 and the entrance fee is 3 leva or you can save them and drink a coffee at the café on the top of theatre. I preferred to go in and check some of the long steles that have numerous inscriptions in greek.

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    Nebet Tepe

    by mindcrime Updated Apr 8, 2012

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    It wasn’t hard to walk up to Nebet Tepe (hill of prayer) as it is just the top point of the hill where Old Town is, 2’ walk from Ethnographic Museum.

    The hill is 203m high so you have a nice view of the city although it was very windy that morning and we could barely hold the camera still. Looking around we saw some ruins, the area was used by Thracians to build their first settlement, we’re talking about 7000 year ago, later Macedonians arrived and the town was named Philipopolis(Philip’s town in greek, after King Philip of Macedonia) but also romans, ottomans and Bulgarians used the area as a fortress due to its location. Don’t expect to see something impressive, just some layers of ruins and old stones that archeologists brought to life through excavations. The most important items are in the museum of course so most of the visitors just walk around and try to find a good spot for taking pictures :)

    From Nebet Tepe we saw the other hills of Plovdiv too, although the plan was to walk to Bunardzhika Hill we preferred to go for some beers in the afternoon. At Bunardzhika Hill is located the monument of Alyosha, it was built in 1955 to commermorate the liberation from the Nazis by Soviet Army during WWII. I guess the view from there must be great too (probably even better) but as I said in late February we preferred a warm pub…

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    Archaeological museum

    by mirchica Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Archaeological museum in Plovdiv is one of the first Bulgarian cultural institutions, opened officially in 1882. It evolved from an archaeological-numismatic study during the final 20 years of the last century. Its funds contained initially a numismatic collection of 1500 coins, ethnographical and historical documents, church plates, incunabula from the VIII - XVII centuries, 300 icons and drawings of the Bulgarian painters Stanislav Dospevski, Ivan Lazarov, Tzanko Lavrenov, E. Rajnov, Zl. Boiadjiev etc.
    The Archeological museum possesses one of the largest collections (100 000 exhibits) of human art connected with Plovdiv's history.

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    Lauta park

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    Lauta park is actually a small forest.In summer,spring and autumn (why not in winter) is perfect place if you wanna go for a walk and see fewer people.
    People also go there for riding bikes,making excersises,jogging,etc. It is also very siutable for typical season pictures.
    Just don't go there in the night cause there are no lights and probably you could be robbed,I don't know and don't wanna know.

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    House museum- 'Georgiadi'

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    The house was built in 1848 by the Rhodopes master Haji George, and is one of the best models of the wide spread type of the Plovdiv "symmetrical house". The Museum of National Liberation is now housed in Georgiadi House, only a few steps from Plovdiv's reknown ancient gateway, "Hisar Kapia". The museum exhibits cover the early Ottoman period, with special attention given to the era of the National Revival.

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    Historical museum

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    Established in 1951, the Historical museum covers the history of Plovdiv from the 15th century until today (the older history is presented in the Plovdiv Archeological Museum). It has three departments, each occupying a separate historic building.
    The Bulgarian National Revival department, situated in the large house of the Greek merchant from Thessaloniki Dimitris Georgiadi built 1846, takes up 825 m² and traces the history of Plovdiv from the 15th to the 19th century(Located in the old town).
    The Unification of Bulgaria department is dedicated to Plovdiv's key role in the events of 6 September 1885 as the capital of Eastern Rumelia. It covers the period from the Treaty of Berlin of 1878 to the Serbo-Bulgarian War of 1885. The department occupies the former building of the Eastern Rumelian Regional Assembly (Parliament) designed by the Savoy architect Pietro Montani and built 1883-1885.
    The book-publishing department follows the stages of development of the publishing during the Bulgarian National Revival and Plovdiv's role as its centre. The department takes up six halls in the house of the noted publisher and enlightener Hristo Danov from the early 19th century.

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    House-museum Zlatjiu Boyadjiev

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    Originally built as the home of Dr. Stoyan Chomakov, a prominent figure in the struggle for church and national independence, the house is now designated as a National Monument of Culture and was completed in 1860. The museum was dedicated on May 22, 1984. There are 76 paintings from both periods of the famous Plovdiv-born Bulgarian artist Zlatiju Boiadjiev (1903-1976) on permanent exposition on both floors of the house.
    In earlier days, Prince Ferdinand purchased the home and had it restyled it as his Plovdiv palace. Today the interior remains richly decorated; the stairs and stained glass are impressive.

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    The Statue of Milio

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    Milio was very known person in Plovdiv.He has been an idiot and he's walked round the main street.He liked to woo the women with the retort:"you're so pretty".Also he was famous with this that he was well-hung.

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    The rowing channel

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    Very preferable place for sport and walks.There is one big channel/2km long.Also there are playgrounds for footbal,volleyball,basketball,tennis,etc.In September 2011 the European rowing championship will take place there.
    You can have a coffe or beer just next to the water.

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    Square Stefan Stambolov

    by mirchica Updated Mar 17, 2011

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    The Municipality of Plovdiv is situated on that square.Also there is a fountain.There are lots of cafes where you can have a coffee looking the people on the main street that is why we call those cafes "the gosip". Also aroung the fountain there are little seats that look iike buttons so we call the place "the buttons". There is also a stage built that is very useful at different celebrations in the city.

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