We explore the small central streets again and discover interesting facts about the buildings and their owners. The "hero" of today's publication is located to the right of Dzhumaya Square and many probably associate it with the store of 101 balloons or one of the oldest bookstores of modern times in Plovdiv - Julia. It starts from the square and ends at Ruski Blvd. It is named after the first spiritual leader of the Exarchate - Antim I. Some time ago, it was covered with cobblestones, but later paving stones were laid on it.
If you look up, however, you will find real architectural gems in a variety of styles - from modernism to art deco. Many say that the first police station in the city under the hills was located there. At the very beginning, at number 2 or 4, lived one of the best doctors - Dr. Arav. According to urban legends, he buried his gold in a well, but it was discovered and he gave it up, after which he went to Israel. On the other side was one of the old Plovdiv banks Zadruga, and at the moment there is also a branch of Postbank.
A little higher today we find a parking lot and two of the most famous hat shops under the hills.
Extremely impressive is the building with the tower on the corner with Lady Strangford, which is a cultural monument and in the past was the base of the Second Police Station. In one of their publications Pod tepeto talked to the municipal tenant, who today occupies part of the first floor and has managed to find the history of the building. "It was made in 1904. It was built by two people, now I don't remember their names. They took out a loan from a bank, but at some point they couldn’t repay it and the bank took the house. Then part of it became municipal.” The building is in Art Nouveau style, influenced by Romanticism and is one of the most distinctive buildings in the neighborhood at the foot of the hill, built on a corner with a large displacement.
On the other side is the former Pioneer Home. In the box between them and Lady Strangford's Protestant Church, the older people remember that there was a space for a playground for marbles.
On the street itself, there were a number of rich people from Plovdiv at the time - Yovko Gavrilov, Hadzhipetrov family, Semovi, Kaishevi, wealthy Armenians and others. We have told more about some of these houses in our article about the architectural walk around the city.
On the square that leads to the part of Ruski Blvd., five streets meet and some remember that they called it the Plovdiv Five Corners. Below you can also find preserved old elements, such as typical for the period wooden blinds, shop blinds or authentic bells. The street ends almost directly on the boulevard, but without access to it. You can walk and see it in less than ten minutes, so be sure to immerse yourself in its history with our text at hand!