"Plovdiv" Plovdiv by bijo69

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Plovdiv is Bulgaria's second largest city and like all places there has a long history. Settled already back in 5000 BC by Thracians who built a fortress on one of Plovdiv's hills it was made a town by Philipp II from Macedonia in 342 BC and named after him Philipopolis. In 46 AD the Romand took over and re-named Philipopolis Trimontium. In later years Plovdiv was occupied by Goths and Huns before it became part of the Bulgarian Empire in 815. After the fall of the Bulgarian Empire the city belonged to Byzantium for a while until it fell under Ottoman control in 1365. During the following centuries Plovdiv became an important commercial centre and many impressing town houses were built during the National Revival period. In 1885 Plovdiv and Southern Bulgaria finally became part of the independant state of Bulgaria.

Naturally you can see the remains from those periods in the city: Romans ruins, National Revival Period houses and mosques.

  • Last visit to Plovdiv: Jun 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2011 at 3:31 AM

    Great update here. Plovdiv is still on my must visit list.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Nice page - that's made up my mind for me, definitely a couple of days in Plovdiv in November. Cheers, John.

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    Oct 4, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    Thanks Birgit for bringing back sweet memories from far 1985 when I happened to visit this ancient city. The Roman amfitheatre and the Aljosha Monument are still in my mind...

  • scottishvisitor's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2007 at 2:10 PM

    I would love to spend some time here in the beaufiful mountians :) enjoyed the virtual tour for now anyway!!

  • Karlie85's Profile Photo
    Jul 25, 2007 at 8:48 AM

    Thank you so much for the postcard! I got it last week :)

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2006 at 1:47 PM

    Plovdiv is a little treasure! Wanted to visit the monestery, but didn't quite make it! :-((

  • penumbra's Profile Photo
    Oct 6, 2006 at 12:05 PM

    The rowing canal looks like it would make a pleasant walk. Hopefully the mosquitoes are confined to the river and leave the canal alone.

  • robertgaz's Profile Photo
    Sep 25, 2006 at 8:55 PM

    The Rhodopi mountains look inviting for some hiking :~)

  • Oct 16, 2005 at 10:33 AM

    Hi Birgit, good start to your Plovdiv pages, I hope you have more to come - regards Martin

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