The Tobacco town in Plovdiv continues to be emblematic of the old Filipopolis. The buildings, one by one, appeared at the end of the 19th century, and even today, walking through the narrow streets, some of which still paved, you can feel the smell of tobacco and sour cherries, just like two centuries ago. Even the biggest enemies of cigarettes in the city under the hills love deeply the giant-like majestic buildings, which welcome visitors arriving from the nearby railway station.
One of the founders of the town within the town is Dimitar Kudoglu. Of Greek origin, he started his tobacco business in our southern neighbor, in the Xanthi region, where he enjoyed great trading success. In the early 20th century, however, the district town where he worked was attacked and a large part of it was burned. Kudoglu then moved to Germany, and in 1914 moved to Bulgaria, where he continued his business activity.
A warehouse, which was once his property, still awaits to be restored and awakened from its long sleep. Some of the buildings are still owned by the families who created them and who have labored tirelessly in them. The majority of the buildings are, however, resold.
These giants of Plovdiv are no ordinary architectural constructs. While in the past they housed a big part of the industry in our country, they are also remarkable with their architectural merits. Their facades have kept their authentic appearance until today. So authentic that they are now crumbling. Rich ornaments and frescoes can daze every eye sensitive to the beauty of architecture, and not only.
With its wonderful location, the Tobacco town has a lot of potential, fascinating with its scent, and yet to be developed. This is a place that impresses with its charm, history, flavor, even the hint of sentimentality of the people of Plovdiv. It is easy to enter the Tobacco town, but it is hard to leave it.