Plovdiv is one of the oldest centres in Europe. It has kept the traces
of many ancient cultures. Thracians, Macedonians, Romans, Slavs, Byzantines
and Bulgarians demonstrated their skills and craftmanship on the hills
where Plovdiv is situated today. Public and private buildings with
impressive dimensions have been preserved.
So are the marble stadium, the open-air theatre and other monuments.
Trimontium, Julia, Ulpia, Flavia, Poulpoudeva, Filipopolis - these
are different variants of one and the same name - Plovdiv. Friends
and enemies came and went.
Some of them contributed to the prosperity of the town, others ruined
ruthlessly the created. Some came, others went, years passed but the
town has always been alive with the people who have created a lot
and who will create in the future.
Today, Plovdiv is the major administrative centre of Plovdiv region.
It is the second important cultural and economic centre of Bulgaria.
Plovdiv begins from the excavations of the forum of the central square
in front of Trimontium Hotel and includes a street formed as a pedestrian
zone with a lot of taste and leading to the ancient stadium.