Plovdiv: A Photo Diary πŸ“·

This weekend, me and a friend decided to explore the second largest city in Bulgaria, known as Plovdiv. Plovdiv has been awarded the 2019 European Capital of Culture, and we wanted to see if it really did live up to this title. In 1878 the Russian army liberated Plovdiv of the Ottoman rule, however, having been under its rule since 1364 it’s architecture is heavily influenced by the Ottoman Empire.

Plovdiv is in the South of Bulgaria, and is also known as the city of seven hills. It is situated on the two banks of the Maritsa River. Nowadays, Plovdiv can be roughly divided into the Old Town and New Town. Each area has so much to offer.

As with any Bulgarian city, Plovdiv was not costly to visit. It is well connected to other Bulgarian cities by public transport such as train and coach. During our time in Plovdiv we came across two large Tourist Information centres, whilst clear signs directed us to all the main attractions. What we found quite interesting was that a number of streets had signs with a description beneath them in English, shedding some light on the history and relevance of the street, if any.

We would definitely recommend taking a visit, here are some pictures what we took, enjoy!

The Ancient theatre of PhilipoppolΒ is one of the best-preserved ancient theatres in the World.
Holy Assumption Cathedral Church – During the Ottoman invasion in Bulgarian lands and after the conquest of the city in 1371, the monastery near the church was demolished and completely destroyed.
Hisar Kapia – It is one of the three entrances to the acropolis of ancient Plovdiv. The gate was built in the 11th century AD over the foundations of a gate from Roman times
Ulitsa Glavna – This is the main shopping street in Plovdiv stretching 2KM, with a mixture of mainstream and Bulgarian own brand shops.
Kapana – is the creative district of Plovdiv, full of quirky cafes and shops selling unique handcrafted items.
The Ottoman influenced architecture is clearly seen in Old Town Plovdiv.

3 thoughts on “Plovdiv: A Photo Diary πŸ“·

  1. Sounds like England and Scotland could take some pointers. The frustration of visiting places there (back in the 1990s) was that nothing was labeled. You could buy a guidebook but then figuring out what in the guidebook matched what was in front of you was a challenge. One memorable time when they did label something, I was at Tintagel and walking around the ruins. The ONLY thing they labeled was an entrance to a tunnel leading underground – the sign simply said “Tunnel of unknown origin and purpose”. Yeah, very helpful. Everything else you had to figure out. The Welsh, however, were very good at labeling things, thus making that the most enjoyable part of the visit.

    I had never considered Bulgaria a tourist destination, but considering your blog and now the pictures, I might have to rethink that assessment.

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    1. I completely have to agree with you there! I can only speak for England but you’re absolutely right in saying it is not tourist friendly at all. From public transport connecting different parts of England to tourist attractions, they are all so poorly though through. I’m so glad to hear that you would consider Bulgaria! Let me know if you ever make it over here, I’d be happy to show you where I study! ☺️

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