Paloma is resting in front of the stunning stadium (well stunning to me- more on that later) all most in the heart of the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. (N42.150051 E24.721747)
Plovdiv is around 6,000 years old and is the oldest continuously inhabited city in all of Europe.
Not only that, it’s one of the oldest cities in the entire world!
Plovdiv’s origins go back to the Thracian people
Set to be the European capital of culture 2019, what could this city offfer us?
The Old Town, is the place to start here you will be rewarded with the Ethnographic Museum, the Eastern Gate to the city, the Church of Constantine & Elena, and the Church of the Virgin Mary
The epic amphitheater, it was built during the reign of Emporan Trajan in the 2nd century AD, as it stands it’s an incredible piece of architecture sadly it wasn’t discovered until 1972, due to a freak mudslide. These days, you can see concerts, opera and cultural events at the amphitheater.- could this be one of best kept roman amphitheater in Europe ?
Plovdiv boasts the longest pedestrian street in Europe, apparently beating Copenhagen’s. – making it a super friendly city to explore
Along here you can meet one of the locals……..
The legend goes that Milo was Plovdiv’s charmer back in the day. He was a deaf man who roamed the streets and charmed the ladies. He apparently charmed a few of the wrong ladies, when a few jealous men flung him into the city fountain, after which he caught pneumonia and died.
As you reach the end of the pedestrian area you enter the central square, fountain to the front
For all his contribution to the city, in 1901 he was declared an honorary citizen of Plovdiv, and also often is referred to as “the Minister of flowers”.
A full renovation of the Garden has been completed. The idea behind it is to resemble the look from time of the First Bulgarian fair in 1892 and bring back Bulgaria’s Kingdom spirit.- stunning job. !
The jewel of the crown in the park is the renovated Lake with the Singing Fountains.
Opened in 1974, the monument commemorates Bulgaria’s 1944 ‘Socialist Revolution.’ Shaped to resemble a Thracian burial mound, it contains the bones of partisans who fought to liberate Bulgaria from WWII-era Nazi occupation.
Typical of most communist things it fell into disrepair following the collapse of communism, and nowadays it lies in a neglected state, with its exterior covered in graffiti and locked tight…
Also the street art scene is alive and kicking, but they are a bit hidden away from the touirst route (happy hunting)
Oh yeah – The stadium……..
Disused, unloved and abandoned – would be the first three word that will spring to your mind……
Somehow the largest stadium in Bulgaria lies in a state.
Near the end of the 1980s a substantial renovation and expansion began to increase it to 55,000 but was never finished due to the lack of funding and a fall of the government, with no UEFA licence, no working lights and only a few games played there, it lays destitute……
The biggest events held here was the 1999 Metallica concert.