Travelling to Plovdiv – The New and The Old Town

Plovdiv is one hour drive from Sofia, two and a half hours from the Black Sea and about 3 hours from the Aegean Sea. It was established in the rich Thracian plain, between the Balkan Mountains and the Rhodope Mountains, in the midst of some steep slopes and the expansive Maritsa river, still crossing it today. This mystical spot has for a considerable length of time pulled in pilgrims like a magnet, has welcomed and sent off various tribes and populaces. Accordingly it has, little by little, piled up its millennial-long history.

There exists an extraordinarily early proof of life in these grounds, the main settlements date 8 millennia back, and it has persevered until today. This means Plovdiv is the most ancient European city which was constantly inhabited and the 6th on the planet. This spot is in itself is a history manual, where you can acquaint yourself with the attributes of every single chronicled age and periods that left an enduring engraving on the city and created its varied form.

It can be argued that Plovdiv is a genuine cosmopolitan city, having protected and sheltered different ethnical groups. The multilingual aspect of the city is one of the outcomes of having such a wide ethnical variety. On the very same grounds, known under many different names throughout the years, in Plovdiv lived Thracians (the local populace), Byzantines, Persians, Syrians, Jews, and Armenians. At present Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria with around 350 000 inhabitants, comprising for the most part of Bulgarians, yet there are likewise Armenian, Jewish, Greek and Turkish groups.

The old town gives off a scent of the mystic, as it takes you back a thousand years. Considering most of the buildings are made from wood and stone still piled together with mud and other basic materials, the old part of Plovdiv looks surprisingly stable. The houses look like they’ve endured countless storms and hurricanes but still stand tall. The roads and alleys are little and usually curve around the fences to form a path with an unknown ending. It’s usually a fountain or a little square, or a park for that matter but it still instills some fear and panic when you walk them in the night.


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