Great selection of top landmarks
Every GEOLINKS participant will get GEO Pass and will have the opportunity to visit the top museums and galleries in the city for free! You'll get excited from archaeological sites and museums to classic and modern art venues!
You'll receive on registration your personal GEOLINKS Pass and map with which you can visit any of the places whenever you want to. The card will give you a lot of discounts for different places, bonuses and benefits all over the city.
Plovdiv's ancient Roman Theatre is a sight to behold. The theater is one of the world's best-preserved ancient theaters, located in the city center. It was constructed in the 90s of the 1st century AD, probably under the ruler-ship of Emperor Domitian.
What strikes you second is the stunningly intact theater falling away in front of you, its rows of seats staggering down the hillside and pieces of the far wall broken off, as if the columns had just fallen backwards off the hill. You can go inside and walk around with your tourist card.
Trakart Research Center Museum
The museum is located on four floors, tracking the evolutionary development of our pre - existing cultures.
Here you can see a collection of fossils from 150 million years ago - fossils of flowers, fish, reptiles, flying animals and different species of trees.
Presented in the Trakart Research Center Museum are also 25 sculptures and masks of African art from the country of Dogon, as well as a collection of ceramic vessels and figures of the ancient Thracians from 5000-4650 BC.
The museum also houses an exhibition of ceramic polychrome and monochrome vessels, grey Thracian ceramics, jewellery, medical instruments, arrows and spears.
Stepan Hindliyan House
Built in 1834-35 by unknown master builders, the Stepan Hindliyan Houseis one of the few symmetrical houses in Plovdiv, preserved in their original condition.
It’s located right next to the Balabanov house and is well known for its artistic and decorative ornamentation. Two artist painters known for their talent authored the decoration (one is thought to be Italian). The spacious hall on the second floor, known under the Turkish word hayet, features a fountain that poured rose water.
The wall decorations abound in intricate geometrical, architectural and floral motifs and landscapes with some of them depicting views of Saint Petersburg, Stockholm, Lisbon, Athens, Venice, Alexandria and Constantinople.
Stepan Hindliyan is known as the founder of a wealthy Armenian family in Plovdiv. He was a famous merchant, whose business frequently sent him as far as India, which is how he earned the nickname of Hindliyan.
Zlatyu Boyadzhiev House
The house in which the Zlatyu Boyadzhiev Gallery is housed was built in 1860. Its owner was Dr. Stoyan Chomakov (1817-1893), an important Bulgarian Revival figure and one of the most prominent fighters for church independence. He is also among the first graduate doctors in Plovdiv.
The building itself is a typical example of the late symmetrical Renaissance houses. A curious fact is that at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century the house was a summer residence of Prince Ferdinand.
Since 1984 the emblematic house has been transformed into a permanent exhibition for the paintings of one of the most famous Bulgarian artists - Zlatyu Boyadzhiev.
His work covers two major periods, separated by the year 1951, when he suffered a severe stroke that paralyzed the right half of his body. In a few years, he began painting with his left hand.
His first artistic period is characterized by composing scenes from the countryside. In the second period, style is radically changed to grotesque imagery and expressive color.
Early Christian Small Basilica
Early Christian church from around the 5th century AD and one of Plovdiv's most distinctive landmarks.
Found accidentally during the construction of a building in 1988, the Small Basilica is a great example of Roman Philippopolis past. You can take a look at the skills of ancient mosaic masters - well preserved rich architectural decorations full of Christian symbols (deer, pigeons, and others).
The little basilica is three-nave. There is an apse and a narthex. A small chapel is built from the south, and a baptistery is attached to the northern ship. The total length of the basilica, along with the apse, is 20 meters and the width is 13 meters.
The temple was rich in architectural decoration - a marble colonnade between ships, a marble altar, a pulpit and a sultron. The floors have a rich multicoloured mosaic with geometric motifs. They were covered with intricate compositions of triangles, circles and diamonds; of vases and garlands; of swastika-shaped meanders; from rosettes that symbolized Heaven and Christ's blood, and from Solomon's knots, which symbolized the power of true faith.
It is believed that the mosaics were among the best made by the Masters of the Philipopolitan School.
Culture Center Museum Trakart
Culture Center - Museum Trakart presents antique floor mosaic from 3rd - 4th C. AD from the perimeter residential building "Eirene", as well as the permanent expositions "Glass in the Ancient Art" and "Miniature Marble Roman Portraits".
The Eirene residential building occupies a central location in the privately-researched homes of Philippopolis and has been the residence of a prominent citizen of the ancient city.
Chamber Hall Trakart has 120 seats. It’s suitable for concerts, theatre productions, seminars and exhibitions.
Art Gallery Museum Philippopolis
Art Gallery - Museum Philippopolis is located in an old, Renaissance house, declared an architectural monument of culture in Plovdiv. The first floor is used as an exhibition hall where famous Bulgarian artists present their works in individual exhibitions. Art objects made from ceramics, wood and bronze are also available.
In the museum part on the second floor there are pictures of some of the most famous Bulgarian artists from the late 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.
The museum in Art Center Philippopolis is a great example of one of the largest museums and galleries in Europe and the world. Presentations of books, seminars, cocktails, wedding receptions and corporate events are organized there regularly. The fully restored Renaissance house is not only a mausoleum of art, but a place for meetings and cultural life.
Ivan Vazov National Library
The "Ivan Vazov" National Library is a universally accessible multidisciplinary library with a fund of 1,925,000 library documents. Annually there are more than 120,000 patron visits and approximately 295,000 library documents are loaned. The Library has a rich universal fund of scientific literature, fiction, manuscripts, paleotypes, old printed, rare and valuable publications, rich reference books, Bulgarian and foreign periodicals, audiovisual and electronic documents, original works of art and personal libraries.
The Balabanov House
The house is remarkable example of Bulgarian Renaissance architecture.
Built in the 19th century by one of the most famous local merchants, the house had three owners and today bears the name of its last owner, the tradesman Luka Balabanov.
The Balabanov House was demolished to the ground in the 1930s. In 1971, the complete renovation of the house was planned in the same place where it existed until it was destroyed. The design was carried out on the basis of the book "The Plovdiv House" by architect Hristo Peev.
Today, the house is used as a museum, a cultural centre for exhibitions, theatre productions and concerts.