Plovdiv, Bulgaria • The Oldest City in Europe

Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria, located 150 km east of Sofia, the capital city.

The first impressive fact about Plovdiv is that it has been inhabited continuously for over 8000 years! You can see this in the extensive variety of archaeological and historical buildings in the Old Town.

Photo Credit: Steffen Boelaars

First, the Roman amphitheatre wonderfully preserved. In the same square of the amphitheatre, there is also a Mosque, which was built when Plovdiv was colonized by the Ottoman Empire, and various palm trees providing shade for the warm summer days.

Second, the remains of the old fortresses on top of the seven hills of the Old Town, which date back to Thracian rule, which are combined with medieval water tanks and houses built in the 17th and 18th century. It is said that Rome, built also on seven hills, took inspiration from Plovdiv!

Lastly, you will witness a few remains of when Bulgaria was under Communist rule: a mosaic, in the centre, to show the friendship between the city and Leningrad (Saint Petersburg) is an example. There is such a vast variety of objects from the Communist era that, in the Old Town, you can visit several shops filled to the brim with all sorts of memorabilia: pins, clothes, books, household equipment and the list goes on!

If you want to visit an historical city, which has not been touched yet by mass tourism, then Plovdiv is the perfect choice for you!

Featured Photo Credit: Juan Antonio F. Segal

One Comment Add yours

  1. risabuzatova says:

    And don’t miss the fabulous sweetshop adjoining the mosque. You can order from a large menu of traditional Turkish desserts and enjoy Turkish coffee or tea as well.


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