Plovdiv, built around 7 hills, is the oldest continuously-inhabited city in Europe dating back to the 6th century BC, more ancient than Rome, Athens and Constantinople. The city has been invaded by the Persians, Greeks, Celts, Romans, Goths, Huns, Bulgarians, Slav-Vikings, Crusaders, and Turks.
The city’s cobblestoned lanes are packed with colorful and creaky 19th-century mansions, and many well preserved historical remains including a Roman Stadium, and Theater. Photos below are from our few days stay in this ancient city.
Street art of Kapana, the creative heart of the city, a pedestrianized area full of shops, restaurants and galleries. In the 1990s it was a parking zone full of ruined houses. The transformation began in 2014, when few creative enterprises moved into the area, funded by the European Capital of Culture Foundation.
During our stay in Plovdiv, we made a day trip to Bachkovo Monastery, founded in 1083, the second largest monastery in Bulgaria and one of the oldest monasteries in the Balkan Peninsula. The monastery is known and appreciated for the unique combination of Byzantine, Georgian and Bulgarian culture, united by the common faith. Raul did all the research and planned the visit, I just followed him.
In May 2017, 23 days before I was going to complete 50 years, grabbed an opportunity and took an early retirement.. Picked up a backpack and traveling ever since.. Love to travel around the world, experience different culture, local cuisine & drinks .. and take pictures.. so far been to 108 countries and still counting...