South Round Tower

Despite its dull sounding name, these Tower remains date back to the 3rd century, when it was part of the ancient fortress wall protecting the city of Philippopolis. Once this tall tower was key for the defence of the city, where guards would watch out for intruders or other threats. The area surrounding this small … Continue reading South Round Tower


Roman Amphitheater 

Built in the 2nd century AD, in the reign of the Emperor Trajan, this spectacular amphitheatre is a must-see sight in Plovdiv.  I was surprised to hear that the amphitheater was only discovered due to a freak landslide in 1972 revealing its remains. It has since been restored and is used to host music and … Continue reading Roman Amphitheater 

Nebet Tepe Archeological Complex

First built on in the pre-Roman era, this hilltop contains the ruins of a ancient settlement with spectacular views over the city. The remains of Bronze and Iron Age ritual pits and alters found here indicate that Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in the world, with over 2600 years of history. These are … Continue reading Nebet Tepe Archeological Complex

Sveta Konstantin and Elena Church

The oldest church in Plovdiv, this is a must-see for its frescoes, colonnade and interior artwork. We found it a little hard to find, hidden down some side streets near the spectacular Roman amphitheater and surrounded by Plovdiv's famous house museums. The beautiful white bell tower it just about visible above the surrounding buildings. Once … Continue reading Sveta Konstantin and Elena Church

St Demetrius Orthodox Church

This otherwise unremarkable 19th century Orthodox church was worth a quick visit to admire its famed marble iconostasis. Built in the 1860s it is the only one of its kind. The first religious building on the site was actually an early Christian basilica, followed by a church dedicated to St  Demetrius during the Middle Ages. … Continue reading St Demetrius Orthodox Church

Sveta Marina Church

This 16th century church on a backstreet of Plovdiv definitely makes my list of hidden highlights of the city. The incredible Old Testament murals on the outer walls and ceilings are absolutely breathtaking. The inside of the church is similarly awe inspiring, with detailed decorations and an intense atmosphere. Even the outer walls protecting the … Continue reading Sveta Marina Church