It’s very hard for me to take pictures and talk about this particular town. Although I’ve been away for more than a decade now, Stara Zagora still remains the place where I’ve spent the biggest part of my life. It’s the town I was born in, the town I grew up in, I made my first friends, I went to school, I walked through all the possible streets many times, my mum caught me smoking secretly for the first time and the place which will always be my first hometown.
You can understand why it’s hard for me to observe it from an outsider point of view. Luckily, Robert is fully capable of capturing moments and street corners on the camera. Now let me take you on a walk through the street of Stara Zagora…
Stara Zagora is known to have been first establish way back in 342 BC. It has seen many people, a number of civilizations and also changed quite a few different names through the centuries (if you can read Cyrillic, see the picture below):
- Берое – Beroe
- Августа Траяна – Augusta Trayana
- Верея – Vereya
- Иринополис – Irinopolis
- Боруй – Boruy
- Ески Заaра – Eski Zaara
- Железник – Zheleznik
- Стара Загора – Stara Zagora
If you go sightseeing, you have to visit the Neolithic dwellings from the New Stone Age. The oldest copper mines in Europe (5th millennium BC) were found 8 km east of the city. The city still keeps footprints from the Thracians, ancient Greeks, Romans and Ottomans who ruled over Bulgaria for 500 years.
I recommend you to check the Historical Museum of the Region of Stara Zagora. Although you’re only allowed to take pictures on the underground floor, all 4-5 floors are worth seeing. The pictures I’ve taken are from the remains of an old Roman street (virtual tour here).
Please note: Girls, don’t go there in high heels!! Romans certainly did not consider our modern shoes for those roads.
The square and the Orthodox church of St. Nikolai has just been renewed and landscaped. It was such a delight for me to see it florishing in bright new paint as I remembered it from my childhood. I had to take a picture with the two good old penguins.
It’s always nice to take a walk through those streets. You can see unexpected treasures, such as an old Russian lada car or a traditional building from the previous century.
If you’re looking for a place to go for a drink – Drums is the one. It started initially as an Irish pub, but has blended into the city style and welcomes foreign tourists.
I hope you liked my tour around the streets of Stara Zagora. If you ever visit my hometown, drop me a message to say how it was. :))