I ♥ Plovdiv | Part 2 of 3
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The main street is a really nice place for a long walk, it is complete with coffee shops, stores and restaurants, and the buildings are so beautiful to look at while drinking your coffee. I have to admit I was quite surprised that many of them are fully restored.
The Ancient Stadium is another important monument of the ancient city. It was built in the 2nd century during the reign of the Roman Emperor Hadrian. It was approximately 240 meters long and 50 meters wide, and could seat up to 30 000 spectators. Unfortunately, only a small part of the northern section with 14 seat rows can be seen today, the larger part lies under the main street and a number of buildings.Model of the stadium. Photo: Stefan 100yanov
Ah! The beautiful Dzhumaya Mosque! Indeed, a true piece of art!
Dzhumaya Mosque is one of the oldest Ottoman religious buildings on the Balkans. It is also one of the biggest: it is an imposing rectangular building with a 33 m-by-27 m prayer hall. It reveals influences from Byzantine and old Bulgarian architectural techniques: two layers of brick laid on top of each layer of cut stone.
Houses of the old town of Plovdiv.
This house once belonged to Georgi Mavridi, a merchant from Plovdiv. Built in 1829-1830 by an unknown builder, it is a typical representative of the Plovdiv symmetrical house. Nowadays the house is used by the Union of Bulgarian Writers.
Zlatio Boiadjiev was a Bulgarian painter. He is known for his portraits and landscapes, depicting mainly the Old Town of Plovdiv and village life in its vicinity.
The Art Gallery of Plovdiv was founded in the late 19th century. It possesses 5,000 pieces of art in four buildings. Since 1981 it has a section for Mexican art donated by Mexican painters in honour of the 1,300-year anniversary of the Bulgarian State.
The Church of the Holy Mother of God is a Bulgarian National Revival church. A small church existed on that place since the 9th century. The church was renovated in 1186 by the bishop of Plovdiv Constantine Pantehi and it became part of a monastery. Both the church and the monastery were destroyed when the Ottoman Turks conquered the city in 1371 during the course of the Bulgarian-Ottoman Wars. The current edifice was constructed in 1844 as the main church of the city. In 1881, three years after the Liberation of Bulgaria the architect Josef Schnitter constructed a three-story domed belfry near the western entrance of the church.