Plovdiv is the second largest city in Bulgaria with a population of 343 424 people at present address (31.12.2016). It is located in the western part of the Upper Thracian Plain, on both banks of the Maritsa River. It is 15 km north of the Rhodopes and 50 km south of Stara Planina. The city is built in the foothills of six syenith hills, which is why it is often called “The City under the Hopes”. Plovdiv is a managerial center of Plovdiv District, Plovdiv Municipality, Maritsa Municipality, Rodopi Municipality and is the largest economic core of the South Central Region.
Plovdiv is a city of over 8000 years, whose past can be traced back to prehistory to the present day. The first Neolithic settlements within today’s city began in the 6th millennium BC , and from the Stone Age (IV-III millennium BC) life in the city did not interrupt, which makes it one of the world’s oldest inhabited cities. Preserved and preserved are ancient monuments such as the ancient theater, the Roman odeon, the agora (the Roman Forum), the Roman stadium, the late antique building Eirene, the Episcopal Basilica, the Little Basilica and others.
The city is the most dynamically developing center in southern Bulgaria. Its economy is supported by a well-developed multi-profile industry, services, tourism and information technology.
There are many cultural events taking place in Plovdiv: the International Fair, Scene at a Crossroads, Kapana Fest, Night of Plovdiv, Sounds of the Ages, International Folklore Festival “Plovdiv” and others.
Plovdiv is the city of Bulgaria, elected European Capital of Culture for the year 2019 together with another European city – Matera in Italy.
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