Plovdiv – an ancient city in southern Bulgaria built around 7 hills, from which only 6 remains. A candidate for the “oldest city in Europe” title – its history dates back to 4 thousand years BC. The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and a cultural and economic center of southern Bulgaria.
The town in its present appearance was built around seven hills – the hills of Plovdiv (Plovdiv Tepes) which are an inseparable part of the city’s history. Whatsoever, one of the hills was separated or should we say demolished half getting exported and another half used for roads.
In the beginning of city’s history Thracians inhabited three of seven hills and built a fortified settlement – which became the largest city in Thrace. It faced many threats and in the 4th century BC Plovdiv was conquered by Phillip of Macedonia, after that Thracians regained their rule but in 1st century AD it eventually became a part the Roman Empire.
Roman Empire loved Plovdiv and for them it was an important regional center. This is clearly visible exploring the Old town of the city as they invested a lot into infrastructure of the city and built many buildings and constructions. Numerous locations and artifacts are still intact including cobble stoned streets, various buildings, fortress walls, water supply and sewerage systems.
We found it as a cultural and historic center of whole Bulgaria not only southern part. After discussing with locals, we understood that they value this city even more than the capital - Bucharest. Therefore, we adjusted our trip plan including more days in Plovdiv city! Wandering around and exploring not only touristic places of this city makes us happy about our decision! It is a must visit city in Bulgaria with extraordinary history and many things to surprise you!
Best of luck planning your holidays in Plovdiv!
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