Plovdiv is well known as the City of the Seven Hills. In the past, their number was bigger, but now they are six, and 3 of them are gathered in the Old Town, also called The Three Hills. These are Nebet Tepe, Taxim Tepe and Dzhambaz Tepe. The others are Danov’s Hill, Bunardzhik Kill and Youth Hill. They are hiding a rich cultural, historical and archaeological heritage. They are the beauty that, once you see, you can never forget.
The Old Town is overflowing with history, blending the times of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman possessions. In its cobbled streets you can feel the energy of the past, and they will take you to incredible cultural and historical monuments, such as the Ancient Teatre, pretty impressive walls and magnificent old houses, museums and inns. There are the remains of The Roman baths, from where you can see spectacular views of the entire city. Everything there carries spirit and history.
Danov’s Hill, also called Sahat Tepe, is located in the central part ot the town. His name, translated from Turkish, means Clock Hill. This name comes from the large clock tower, whose bell announces the hill every hour. There are claims that in Roman times, at the top of it was located the Temple of the goddess Venus. Sahat Tepe fascinates the visitors with its unspoiled nature and magnificent park with protected species.
Bunardzhik Tepe, also known as the Hill of liberators and Alyosha Hill, is located west of downtown. It is the second largest hill in Plovdiv, formely known as the Mount of Hercules, because of the statue of the mythical demigod, built over time.
The hill is a favorite place for recreation and outing, because of the incredible views it reviews. On top of the hill stands the monument of Alyosha, high 10.5 meters. He the prototype of the Russian soldier Alexei Ivanovich Skurlatov and it’s a symbol of the Soviet Army. There is the monument of the Russian king Alexander II and the troops, who liberated Plovdiv on January 4th, 1879.
The Youth hill, called Dzhendem Tepe, is the highest hill in Plovdiv – 307 meters. In ancient times, it was called The Hill of the nymphs dryads. Evidence suggests that in ancient Antiquity, a huge statue of Apollo stood beautifully at the top of the hill. During Ottoman times, it was named Jin Tepe, translated as The Hill of the ghosts… Here, during his visit, Dalai Lama had seclusion within two hours, probably meditating and merging himself with the nature. The hill is inspiring place, where you can look for and find yourself.
The hills are amazing. They are filled with emotions, beauty and magic!