The ancient city of Plovdiv was built in the South of Bulgaria on the six-peaks – in front of about 8000 years! In order for the European capital of culture is older than ancient cities such as Rome or Athens. Supposedly, Plovdiv is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement on our continent.

The historical roots of the Multicultural city

Also in the pedestrian zone of Plovdiv – one of the longest in Europe – are to be found the traces of the past. In some transactions, there is a glass floor, which reveals that the 180-metre-long Roman stadium, which could accommodate in the heyday of 30’000 visitors. The “Bulgarian Rome” at the time still bore the sonorous name of Philippopolis. The hills are reminiscent of the Roman city.

It is worth to take a look at the width of the tours of the Roman ruins in Plovdiv. You can also explore on your own, you will miss, however, local anecdotes.

The Motto of the year: z together

the Motto of the capital of culture together is “Together” – a tribute to the various cultures living in the melting pot of Plovdiv together. These include Roma, Turks, Armenians, and Bulgarians as well as Christians and Muslims belong to. The programme of the capital of culture year is, therefore, focused on the multi-cultural dialogue. Until the end of the year there are exhibitions on the performing arts, theater performances, dance festivals and concerts to experience.

Street Art in the hip neighborhood Kapana

With the impetus of the year of culture has taken place in Plovdiv also urban a lot. The former craft has evolved in the quarter Kapana to the city’s most popular district with workshops, galleries, Ateliers and many cosy Cafés. The most striking feature is a vivid Street Art scene. Kapana and the old town, the modern city centre and shopping area. The Shopping experience in the city of Plovdiv is not refreshing, because it is reeling here from a business to an international chain to the next. Instead, small boutiques dominate.

tip : The Graffiti artist star has decorated the building of Kapana, with its imaginative characters. In the case of a Street-Art tour with him to learn the city, especially authentic know.

The ancient heritage of the Thracians

Plovdiv is one of the longest permanently populated cities in the world. The traces of the ethnic group of the Thracians go back to the ancient times. They ruled for 2000 years in Bulgaria, until the Romans abrangen you the Power. The territory of Thrace was influenced by them and included parts of present-day Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey. Accordingly, the Thracians had also considerable wealth. In the Archaeological Museum of Plovdiv, you can admire a very precious Thracian legacy: the gold treasure of Panagyurishte. It consists of drinking vessels and other pieces of jewelry that were made from a total of six kilos of pure Gold.

traces of the Ottoman Empire

Plovdiv was taken to 1364, the Ottoman Turks occupied for 500 years, the Region. Accordingly, many Remnants of the former Turkish masters can still be found today. The most important building of the time, the Dschumaja mosque from the 15. Century, the largest Friday mosque of the Ottomans in the Balkans. You should not miss the dervish Mevlevi Hane, was once the home of Sufis lived in a Muslim ascetic order, especially for ecstatic dances.

The Remnants of socialism

The socialist time in Bulgaria is considered the single buildings, still. In another part of the Communist history alive: The Alyosha Monument on the Bunardzhik hill (Liberators’ Hill) is a eleven-Meter-high Soviet soldiers. He is representative of the Russians who fell in the struggle for freedom against the Ottomans. Gloom is not here yet, because from this hill one has a great view of the surrounding mountains.

tip : Enough history? A refreshing change after visiting the ruins and historic sites of the Bulgarian Museum of aviation at the airport. Here is a large selection of tools at the technical time, including the Communist period in Bulgaria and the Cold war, issued.

The “Art of Liberty”-exhibition

Plovdiv understands itself as a mediator between the East and the West, would bring people closer together. Among the more than 500 cultural Events this year, an exhibition of Parts of the Berlin wall, called “the nature of Liberty, among other things,”. Artists have decorated since the 1980s, parts of the wall with colourful Designs. In this way, an oppressive relic of the Cold war is transformed into something Beautiful.

tip : the exhibition “Smoke. Tobacco Stories”, the history to grasp the power, is worth seeing. Plovdiv was once the centre of the tobacco trade in the Balkans. Now the quarter of the store with the Tobacco from the 19th century. Century, renovated and made habitable.