SOFIA - PLOVDIV- HALF-DAY TOUR BY CAR AND A DRIVER

SOFIA---PLOVDIV--HALF-DAY-TOUR-BY-CAR-AND-A-DRIVER

Visit one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world


WHAT TO EXPECT:

  Free cancellation
  Reserve now & Pay later Free cancellation
  Pickup included
  Distance: approx. 165 km in one direction
  Trip duration: 6-8 hours

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

  Insurance
  Drinkable water
  Air-conditioned vehicle
  Fuel and parking fees
  Tips
 

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Plovdiv

Plovdiv is considered the oldest living city in Europe, which reached its greatest rise during the Roman and Byzantine empires. Therefore, our city tour is dedicated to Roman architecture and cultural heritage. The ancient Roman Forum at the foot of the Central Post Office is the largest on the territory of Bulgaria. It was built at the end of the 1st century AD, when Philippopolis acquired a new town planning plan and a Roman-style center. It was the administrative, commercial and religious center of Philippopolis.

In its northern part, the forum has a small Odeon, which can hardly be compared in terms of scale and splendor with the Ancient Theater, which is among the best preserved ancient theaters in the world and among the main tourist attractions of Plovdiv. It was built during the time of the Roman emperor Marcus Ulpius Trajan and was discovered during archaeological excavations in the 70s of the 20th century.

The theater of Philippopolis is the only preserved ancient theater building in the Bulgarian lands. Today, it has been adapted for the modern cultural life of Plovdiv and it hosts various performances for about 3,500 spectators.

Near the theater is the Roman Stadium, built at the beginning of the 2nd century at the time of Emperor Hadrian. The stadium had a capacity of 30,000 spectators, some of whom came specially to attend the games in Philippopolis.

In many places in the Old Town, remains of the Roman fortress walls can be seen. The pearl of the tour is the visit to The Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis - the largest Early Christian temple in this country. A coin dating back to the times of Emperor Licinius (308-324) discovered during the excavations of the Bishop’s Basilica, has spawned the hypothesis that the basilica was among the first to be erected in the Roman Empire after Christianity was legalized, in 313.

Its interior was adorned by columns with Christian symbols on their capitals, by murals and lavish mosaic floors. The mosaics are the best-preserved elements of the building. They were executed in three stages, form two layers and have a total area of 2,000 square meters.

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