Plovdiv, Bulgaria isn’t on the radar for many tourists. Despite being Bulgaria’s second largest city, Plovdiv is still a small city located in the middle of an under-touristed country. It’s a shame though because Plovdiv is a charming city, full of winding ancient streets and some fantastic Roman ruins. It’s definitely worth a day or two if you are ever in the area.
The best preserved ruin in the city is the old Roman theater. Originally built in the 2nd century A.D., the theater was buried under the earth and largely forgotten. However, in the 1970s, a massive landslide revealed parts of the buried theater. Following a major archeological excavation, the theater was revealed in its fully glory.
To me, the most impressive thing is how well-preserved the ruins are, given their age and location. I guess it just reemphasizes the point that even under-appreciated countries have a lot of beauty to offer travelers.