Along Plovdiv’s winding, cobblestone lanes you’ll encounter fine, jewel-toned homes epitomizing Bulgaria’s National Revival architectural style. These mansions are decorated with stained-wooden shutters and trim. The buildings are also embellished with flourishes that depict peacocks, flowing ribbons, and flowers.
The National Revival style developed as Bulgaria regained its independence from the Ottoman Empire, which had occupied the country for nearly five centuries. Bulgarians often refer to this period of history as one during which they were “under the Ottoman yoke.”
During the National Revival there was renewed interest in not only architecture, but also in literacy, culture, and education.
Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second-largest city. In 2019, it was a European Capital of Culture.
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- For more information about the city of Plovdiv and its Stari Grad district, see the Plovdiv Tourism Board site.
- Do you like collages? From windows of the world, to perfectly-coiffed horse tails and delectable Spanish appetizers, take a peek at my collage series.
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