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April 19, 2019

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Plovdiv really shines. Situated in a valley and surrounded by beautiful mountains, the location attracted ancient Thracians, who settled there thousands of years ago and never left. Over time, the city had a lot of visitors/conquerors, including Macedonians, Romans, and Turks. Each culture left its mark, and the results are fascinating. The Roman ruins are particularly wonderful. The ancient stadium of Philippopolis lies in the heart of the city and is beautifully illuminated at night. Perhaps the most impressive piece of architecture, however, is the Roman Theater, which was accidentally unearthed less than a half-century ago by a landslide. In pristine condition, the theater seats nearly 7,000 spectators and is still used for concerts today.

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Bulgaria’s Cold War past is evident, as well. One can find concrete block buildings and anodyne cultural monstrosities. But you forget them almost as quickly as you notice them. The life and color that streams through the city captures your attention instead. If you want an amazing, authentic cultural experience without having to travel too far, Plovdiv is a strong choice. It is also a really good jumping-off point to explore the rest of Bulgaria — which has adventure to spare.

Banitsa, a spiral filo pie with cheese, is a traditional Bulgarian food. Photo by Kremena Ruseva/Shutterstock.com

Beautiful painted wooden house facade decorated with traditional Bulgarian ornaments in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Photo by mehdi33300/Shutterstock.com

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