Plovdiv, what to see in this city of Bulgaria

Plovdiv

Plovidv is the second largest city in Bulgaria, so it is an increasingly recommended place in travel guides as a possible destination. This city is located in the Thracian Lowlands on the banks of the Maritsa River. The history of the city is very old, being one of the European cities that have been inhabited for the longest time. That is why we can enjoy a great old town.

This city has two well differentiated areas, a more modern one that is not so interesting and an old one that is the one we really want to see. We're going to enjoy discovering those points that we can see in Plovdiv, the second city in Bulgaria that you have to see if you have already seen Sofia.

Roman ruins of Plovdiv

Teatro novel

La Plovdiv city was part of the Roman Empire although they took about a hundred years to conquer it, nevertheless having a respectful relationship with the Thracians during this period. Today there are still some vestiges of this glorious time of Rome in the city. The ruins of the ancient Roman theater are located near the Alexander I pedestrian street. There is a stone reproduction of what the stadium was to give us an idea of ​​its dimensions and exactly how it was. We can also go down to its base and sit on a terrace to admire the old stands where spectators sat hundreds of years ago in this ancient city.

Dzhumaya Mosque

Plovdiv Mosque

If we walk along the pedestrian street Alenxander I we will arrive at a square in which this mosque is located. It is a historical area that is being rehabilitated with beautiful houses and some modern establishments. The mosque dates from the XNUMXth century and it is located on the site of the Byzantine cathedral that was burned by the Turks upon reaching the city. You can visit the mosque inside with a rich decoration and they also have a pastry shop where you can try the baklava.

Kapana neighborhood

Plovdiv neighborhood

This is one of the neighborhoods that has become the most fashionable in the city in recent times, so it is another essential in trips to Plovidv. In this place you can find local artisans and many artistsPlus a great atmosphere, even at night. The artisan workshops used to be in this neighborhood and it is still a very creative place. Its name translates as trap, since it has a very irregular layout. It is a small place but with a lot of personality where we can also see endless paintings on the walls, showing that it is one of the most alternative areas of the city.

Plovdiv Old Town

Plovdiv

One of the places that we are going to like the most in the city of Plovdiv is undoubtedly the Old City. It is not very big so you can see it in a couple of days with ease. In this old city you can ascend to the hill from which you can see the remains of the Roman wall. They call a lot the pay attention to its narrow and beautiful cobbled streets with old buildings. Plovdiv houses attract tourists for their style. There are houses in the Bulgarian national Renaissance style inspired by the mountain houses of the Balkans but with houses that were getting bigger and more elegant. There are also houses in the Balkan Baroque style, renovated and cared for to house places such as museums that we will come across along the way. It is a great idea to stop to admire the beautiful architecture so original in this area.

Museums of Plovdiv

Ethnographic museum Plovdiv

In this city we can find a great variety of Museums to enjoy also seeing some of these old houses inside. We can see the Museum of History, where you can learn more about this ancient city. In the Regional Ethnographic Museum we will find an interesting Renaissance style house, highly decorated on the outside and with beautiful gardens, where we will also learn more about the population and its customs. We can also visit the Plovdiv Art Gallery, another must-see if we like works of art. It is a city where we can spend the day quietly among works of art and old houses.

Visit the churches of Plovdiv

Plovdiv church

In Plovdiv we can also see several churches with interesting iconography and details. The church of Santa Nedelya is one of the most recommended, since in it we can see a large carved wooden iconostasis full of detail. On the other hand, you have to see the church of St. Constantine and St. Helena, the oldest in the city. Another is the Orthodox Church of Steva Bogoroditsa with pretty icons and murals to admire. We cannot spend the day in Plovdiv without admiring all the details that these many churches offer us.

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