Landmarks and Interests
Plovdiv has a wealth of treasures that must be discovered and a visit to this ancient city is certainly not complete without visiting some of the most popular places.
You find yourselves on the Balkan Peninsula in a city of hills and with a river, a city with many names and many faces. This city is Plovdiv, situated on the crossroads between the West and the East, amid the fertile plain of Thrace, where history and modernity go hand in hand, whereas since the ancient times until today culture and art thrive within a vivid medley of shapes, styles and colors. Unique and ancient, beautiful and artistic, spiritual and challenging – such in a nutshell is the city of Plovdiv and even today one is enticed to exclaim just like the medieval travelers: "You, stranger, stop for a while in the heart of Thrace so that you feel its rhythm and that you get impregnated by its harmony".
The Stadium of Philippopolis was built at the beginning of 2nd century AD by Emperor Hadrian. It is situated in the northern part of the city surrounded by defence walls, to the north of the Forum, in the terrain between Taksim Tepe and Sahat Tepe. The Stadium forms an architectural ensemble together with the Thermae (Baths) and the Treasury. It was pronounced a national cultural value in 1995.
Tsar Simeon's Garden
The Tsar Simeon Garden was established after the Liberation. It was designed and implemented by the Swiss Lucien Chevalas, known as the court gardener of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Aziz from the end of the XIX century. In 1892 Plovdiv was the organizer of the First Bulgarian Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition with international participation, whose successor today is the Plovdiv Fair. For the opening of the exhibition, Lucien Chevalas created a new city garden, which after the end of the exhibition was named "Tsar Simeon".
The sports facility is one of the most modern, beautiful and comfortable for rowers on the planet. It is not said by the people of Plovdiv, but by the leaders of all the largest international federations in different styles. It is located in the western part of Plovdiv and covers a huge area between the park "Recreation and Culture" and the natural bed of the river Maritsa. Along the canal, as an edge, there are bicycle and pedestrian paths, suitable for walks and sweet talk, cycling, rollerblading or skateboarding.
Bunardzhik Park [View]
This mountain in the heart of Plovdiv is 234 meters high and you should definitely get lost there if you are in Plovdiv. The name by which the natural landmark is known - Bunardzhik, comes from the Turkish word for well because of the numerous water sources and cascades. There is still an ancient fountain, which is supposed to be from the Roman period of Plovdiv. It was destroyed in 1910, but then rebuilt with the improvement of the park. Many believed that the water from this fountain was magical - as soon as a foreigner drank from it, he stayed in Plovdiv forever.
Youth Hill [View]
Today called Youth Hill, so named in 1950 because of the youth brigades that build the panoramic road to the top. Of all the hills in Plovdiv, Djendema is the highest with its 283 meters, and the legends about the connection between the natural landmark and Greek mythology are more than impressive. It was believed that there was a large temple of the god Apollo on it. There is fun even for the kids. The only children's railway passes through the Youth Hill, which goes around the whole hill, revealing its gifts to the children.
The trap is pulsating, emotional, provocative, intricate. He is present unobtrusively but meaningfully, humanly and magnetically. It is the heart of a living urban organism and Plovdiv deserves it precisely and with such a future - as a district of creative industries, as an attractive place for artists, curators, cultural managers, craftsmen, software specialists, architects, urban planners, writers, musicians from all over the country and a recognizable international resident center.
The Regional Archaeological Museum in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (RAM – Plovdiv) is one of the first Bulgarian cultural institutions, officially opened in 1882. Originally set up as an archaeological and numismatic office, it gradually earned the status of Archaeological Museum during the 1920. The Museum boasts one of the richest collections of 100,000 exhibits of artefacts related to the history of Plovdiv and its region. Plovdiv is the heir to one of the biggest and most famous ancient towns in the Balkan Penninsula - Philippopolis.
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in Plovdiv was established on the basis of the extremely rich and diverse exposition available to the existing until the middle of the 19th century French College St. Augustine - Le college St. Augustin, Philipopol. In order for the museum to be one of the leading places in the country, it is necessary for it to have extremely attractive elements that have no analogue. For this reason, in 2015 a digital planetarium with a capacity of 50 people was built in the museum building. It is the first planetarium in Plovdiv and the first public digital planetarium in Bulgaria. The facility is extremely modern and provides great opportunities for presentations not only on space topics, but also on any other.
International Fair Plovdiv is among the leaders of the exhibition industry in Southeast Europe. It organizes multi-branch and specialized business forums, including the national participation and presentation of Bulgaria at several world exhibitions. In the 1930s of the twentieth century the fair in Plovdiv acquired the status of a National Exhibition Center of Bulgaria and was accepted as a member of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), the most prestigious global organization in the industry. Since then, its development has continued to be very active and always in line with global trends to establish itself today as one of the leaders in Southeast Europe.