Архив за етитет: plovdiv

Hey Indiana Jones, maybe you should come to Plovdiv!

 

Plovdiv is not just an old city, its a really really old city – people started living in the theritory of modern day plovdiv 6 000 years before christ!
Yikes!
So its not so surprising that just last week archeologists found a real `city of bones`
More than 33 skeletons were found and 130 coins that are being studied right now in order to date the bodies.
Some of the coins are Roman, others date to the 17 or 18 century and others are unlike any other coin that has been discovered before.
This is unusual becauase it was common for the family of the deceased to put coins on the eyes of the dead,
thus giving them money to pay for the passage in to the underworld. However in this case the relatives
apparently threw the coins into the open graves and this would explain why there are so many.
It is believed that this necropolis is Christian because the heads point to the west and the feet point to the east which was the Christian tradition in those days

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Zlatio Boyadjiev- a compilations of paintings

Zlatio Boyadjiev is one of the most famous bulgarian artists, and there is some speculation that he might be the most expensive one! Just a few months ago the Plovdiv City Gallery had an exhibition dedicated to him and we , the PlovdivTours team, think its high time we featured him in our blog!

PS : We pass right by his house on the tour!

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An inspiring figure in Bulgarian history – doctor Konstantin Stoilov.

As many of you may know, Plovdiv is a city full of history and famous people.

We want to stop your attention on one particular person in bulgarian history, whose story is only mentioned in our tours because of lack of time- doctor Konstantin Stoilov.

The house of Doctor Konstantine Stoilov in Plovdiv.

 

In our tours we only pass by his house, but in our history he is real stepping stone. Born in Plovdiv, Stoilov studied at Robert College in Istanbul, before studying law at Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg to doctorate level. It is believed that he knew perfectly turkish, german, italian, french, russian and english and he is described as the most European-like politician in Bulgarian history. Stoilov was twice Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1894-1899). Between 1879-1885 he took different jobs in the government and the tsar`s administration. In 1885 he was a soldier in Bulgarian army in our war against Serbia and even won a Bravery medal.

Few years later he became vital part of Stefan Stambolov`s government- one of the masterminds in bulgarian new history. Stambolov was a genius man ( and we will be glad to tell you more about his inspiring story on our tours), but also really cruel one and in one point Stoilov could not stand anymore and resign. From this moment, they became rivals. Stoilov claimed Stambolov was a dictator, while Stambolov said Stoilov was too soft to be  a politician in Bulgaria. In 1894 Stoilov became a prime minister „dethroning“ Stambolov. Despite of his hate, he continued Stambolov economic politic and by the end of his mandate, Bulgaria was the richest country in the region. 

This blogpost is courtesy of Yasen Ovcharov.