Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria and an administrative centre of Plovdiv County. Plovdiv is the European Capital of Culture for 2019. The population of the city is about 350,000 people.
The city is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and a cultural and economic centre of southern Bulgaria. There are many accommodation options here – from luxurious hotels to hostels. The main street of the city offers excellent opportunities for entertainment, shopping and restaurants.
The town in its present appearance was built around seven hills – the hills of Plovdiv (Plovdiv Tepes) which are an inseparable part of the city’s history.
Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe – the beginning of its history dates back to 4,000 years BC. In the 4th century, BC Plovdiv was conquered by Phillip of Macedonia. He gave the city one of its many names – Philippopolis and had it surrounded by thick fortified walls. Later the Thracians regained their power over the city, but after a series of battles in the 1st century AD, it became a part of the Roman Empire.
During the period of the Roman Empire, Plovdiv (at those times – Trimontium) was an important regional centre.
During the Bulgarian Revival (18th- 19th century) Plovdiv was an important economic centre. The city was home to many wealthy and educated people who travelled across Europe and brought new cultural currents.