The Old Town of Plovdiv
The unique cultural and historical heritage of Plovdiv includes three main periods – the Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Revival. Every period is represented by significant tourist landmarks in the city. They can take you on a journey to the mysterious past rekindling your curiosity to find contemporary adventures. In the 12th century BC, the prehistoric settlement developed into the ancient Thracian city of Eumolpias, which is one of the first city centers in South-Eastern Europe. The remains of Eumolpias can be seen to this day. Plovdiv has the second largest population in Bulgaria.
Numerous economic and cultural events take place in the city, including the International Fair, the Stage at a Crossroad International Theatre Festival and the Golden Chest Television Festival. A number of ancient monuments are preserved in the city, such as the Ancient eatre, the Roman Odeon, the Agora (the Roman Forum), the Roman Stadium, the Eyrene building from the late Antiquity, etc. The Old Plovdiv is a unique city structure comprising of archaeological sites, galleries with valuable exhibits, ancient buildings, functioning temples with rich paint and wood-carving decorations, cozy cafes and restaurants, old and new houses with romantic yards and picturesque cobblestone streets. The city is a winner of the European gold medal for preserving its ancient monuments.