Plovdiv has always been one of Bulgaria’s wealthiest and most cosmopolitan cities. Originally a Thracian settlement it became a major Roman city around I BC when it was called Trimontium (City of three hills). Nowadays people call Plovdiv The City of Art because of its generations of eminent artists who work within the city’s tranquil confines. As you enter the old town you will find yourself in a labyrinth of cobbled streets, art galleries and bohemian cafés. Here the remains of the past are scattered all over the old town, making it a fascinating mixture of cultures. An ancient fortress, underground stadium, old churches and the best preserved Roman amphitheatre on the Balkans – all that amongst the finest examples of traditional 19-th century architecture.

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