I ♥ Plovdiv
Here is a tip from me, if you are coming to Bulgaria don’t forget to visit Plovdid!! In my opinion, it is the most beautiful city in Bulgaria! There is a kind of magic in Plovdiv. It is the only city in Bulgaria where you can see remains of ancient, mediaeval, revival and modern culture and they don’t stand in each other’s way, they complement and enrich each other.
I was thinking how to start this post, there is so much to tell you about this city, but I guess Plovdiv is best-known for its Ancient theatre, which is the only restored and functional antique theatre in Bulgaria. It was built by Emperor Mark Avrelii in the beginning of the 2nd century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Trajan and between 1968 and 1984 it was studied, conserved and restored.
It is divided into two parts with 14 rows each divided with a horizontal lane and it could accommodate up to 7,000 people.One of the entrances.The three-story scene is on the southern part and is decorated with friezes, cornices and statues. Many events are still held on the scene, including the Verdi festival and the International Folklore festival.
The “St.St. Konstantin and Elena” Church is one of the oldest Christian temples in Plovdiv. It was built in 337 in honour of Emperor Konstantin and his mother Elena, who chased away the pagan Gods outside the confines of the Roman Empire. It was ruined and reconstructed several times by Romans, Greeks, Turks and Bulgarians. In the beginning of 19 c. the Bulgarian patriot Todor Moravenov undertook one sacred deed – he initiated the collection of voluntary donations for the reconstruction of the church. The paints inside “St.St. Konstantin and Elena” Church have preserved their unfading brighitness ever since. Unfortunately we didn’t have time to go inside the church. 😦
The bell tower of the church.The Plovdiv Regional Ethnographic Museum has occupied the 1847 house of the rich merchant Argir Kuyumdzhioglu in the city’s Old Town. He was a prominent homespun trader who owned a company in Vienna. The house has been described as a prime example of Plovdiv’s specific mid-19th century Baroque architecture. It has two stories on its west side and four stories on its east side, 12 rooms, airy salons and a symmetric facade. Both the house’s interior and exterior decoration rely on sophisticated floral motives. The ceiling in each room is wood-carved. The house has an inner yard with a gorgeous garden!How cute are these small stores!! Some of them sell antiques 😉Ahhh, beautiful!!Sources: plovdivcity.net, wikipedia.org, plovdiv.org
I was in Plovdiv last week just for a day, but I have more then 200 pictures. Which means that I will write more posts about this city. Stay tuned!