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Plovdiv is the second largest town in Bulgaria – a significant industrial, trade, scientific, cultural and communications center.
Its favorable climatic conditions and geographical situation have boosted its development during all historic periods. Important international roads cross the town, connecting the East with Europe, the Baltic with the Mediterranean region, Black and Adriatic Sea.
The contemporary town center resembles any other larger Bulgarian town center with its shops, cafes, administrative zones, etc. So we shall skip it and move to the actual part of our walk – The Old Town, where we instantly plunge into the atmosphere of centuries ago.

Some of the old houses in the Old Town have been magnificently restored and are kept in good condition.
They are valuable architectural monuments from the Revival period. Unfortunately, many of them were destroyed during the big fires in 1815, 1846 and 1898. After a large-scale restoration and preservation they were reconstructed and the majority of them became cultural monuments. The house of Plovdiv is presented by two types of construction in its historic development. The first one dates back from the early Turkish feudalism period. It is a two-floor, rarely one-floor asymmetric house, preserving the model of Bulgarian alpine settlements. It stands out with its open verandah, supported by wooden pillars, projecting over the street and more rarely- over the patio. Houses usually have two, three and less frequently- four rooms, occupying one or two floors.
A new residential type of construction appeared at the beginning of 19th century. This is the symmetric house. The construction is reinforced and its architecture and interior decoration are richer and more intricate. For this type of houses, the parlor on the ground floor, the staircase to the upper floor and the spatial guest room are a must. The dormitories are situated around the guest room. These houses are outstanding with their exceptional wood-carving on the ceilings, wall-painting, landscapes, wonderfully painted niches, built-in wardrobes, larders, cupboards and many, many more.

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