The Mosaic Tour of Plovdiv will introduce you to the ancient and contemporary mosaics in the city. Plovdiv can be proud of its diverse mosaic heritage decorating important public and private buildings from the 3rd – 6th centuries AD, as well as public and residential buildings from the 1970s and 1980s.

On this website, you can find information about the history, technology and construction technique of the mosaics from twelve sites you can visit in Plovdiv. For your convenience, we have created four versions of the mosaic tour each with different duration and content.

The tour and website were created by the Balkan Heritage Foundation as part of the project “Mosaic Week Plovdiv 2021” with additional financial support from the Municipality of Plovdiv. The initiative coincides with the Balkan Heritage Foundation’s policy to support the research, preservation and management of cultural heritage (including mosaic art) in Southeastern Europe.

The tour is introduced at an open-air exhibition in the square northeast of the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis from 04 to 24 October 2021 as part of “Mosaic Week Plovdiv 2021”. Mosaic Week was open with a public lecture – The ancient mosaics of Philippopolis and the contemporary mosaics of Plovdiv, given by Assoc. Prof. Elena Kantareva-Decheva at the Episcopal (Bishop’s) Basilica at 6.30 pm on Monday, 4 October 2021.

Mosaic Tour Plovdiv

Small Basilica (visitor center)
A mosaic floor from the second half of the 5th century and a mosaic floor of the baptistery from the beginning of the 6th century

40 min sightseeing

6 min walk

The Episcopal (Bishop’s) Basilica of Philippopolis (visitor center)
Mosaic floors, built in stages between the middle of the 4th and the beginning of the 6th century

90 min sightseeing

5 min walk

Late Antique residential building “Еirene” / Trakart Cultural Center
Mosaic floors, built in the second half of the 4th and the beginning of the 5th century

40 min sightseeing

17 min walk

Plovdiv Regional Archaeological Museum
Fragments of the mosaic floors of the Narcissus building (first half of the 3rd century) and the Ancient Synagogue (second half of the 3rd – beginning of the 4th), a mosaic with birds (first half of the 3rd century)

30 min sightseeing

Central Post Office Building (interior)
Mosaic “Postal pigeons” by Georgi Bozhilov-Slona, 1977

15 min sightseeing

2 min walk

The former Communist Party House (facade)
Mosaic by Ioan Leviev and architect Vladimir Rangelov, 1969-1970

15 min sightseeing

17 min walk

Chitalishte “Aleko Konstantinov” (facade)
Mosaic by Valchan Petrov, 1980s

15 min sightseeing

3 min walk

Underpass to Banya Starinna (Chifte Ottoman Baths)
Mosaic panels by Ioan Leviev, 1970s

20 min sightseeing

8 min walk

Plovdiv International Fair Central Building (facade)
Mosaic “Mercury” by Hristo Stefanov and Valentin Starchev, 1987

15 min sightseeing

3 min walk

The roundabout at the Plovdiv International Fair
Mosaic “Yuri Gagarin” by Ioan Leviev, 1970

15 min sightseeing

Small Basilica (visitor center)
A mosaic floor from the second half of the 5th century and a mosaic floor of the baptistery from the beginning of the 6th century

40 min sightseeing

6 min walk

The Episcopal (Bishop’s) Basilica of Philippopolis (visitor center)
Mosaic floors, built in stages between the middle of the 4th and the beginning of the 6th century

90 min sightseeing

9 min walk

Central Post Office Building (interior)
Mosaic “Postal pigeons” by Georgi Bozhilov-Slona, 1977

15 min sightseeing

2 min walk

The former Communist Party House (facade)
Mosaic by Ioan Leviev and architect Vladimir Rangelov, 1969-1970

15 min sightseeing

10 min walk

Late Antique residential building “Еirene” / Trakart Cultural Center
Mosaic floors, built in the second half of the 4th and the beginning of the 5th century

40 min sightseeing

16 min walk

Chitalishte “Aleko Konstantinov” (facade)
Mosaic by Valchan Petrov, 1980s

15 min sightseeing

3 min walk

Underpass to Banya Starinna (Chifte Ottoman Baths)
Mosaic panels by Ioan Leviev, 1970s

20 min sightseeing

6 min walk

Plovdiv Regional Archaeological Museum
Fragments of the mosaic floors of the Narcissus building (first half of the 3rd century) and the Ancient Synagogue (second half of the 3rd – beginning of the 4th), a mosaic with birds (first half of the 3rd century)

30 min sightseeing

Small Basilica (visitor center)
A mosaic floor from the second half of the 5th century and a mosaic floor of the baptistery from the beginning of the 6th century

40 min sightseeing

6 min walk

The Episcopal (Bishop’s) Basilica of Philippopolis (visitor center)
Mosaic floors, built in stages between the middle of the 4th and the beginning of the 6th century

90 min sightseeing

9 min walk

Central Post Office Building (interior)
Mosaic “Postal pigeons” by Georgi Bozhilov-Slona, 1977

15 min sightseeing

2 min walk

The former Communist Party House (facade)
Mosaic by Ioan Leviev and architect Vladimir Rangelov, 1969-1970

15 min sightseeing

10 min walk

Late Antique residential building “Еirene” / Trakart Cultural Center
Mosaic floors, built in the second half of the 4th and the beginning of the 5th century

40 min sightseeing

16 min walk

Chitalishte “Aleko Konstantinov” (facade)
Mosaic by Valchan Petrov, 1980s

15 min sightseeing

3 min walk

Underpass to Banya Starinna (Chifte Ottoman Baths)
Mosaic panels by Ioan Leviev, 1970s

20 min sightseeing

6 min walk

Plovdiv Regional Archaeological Museum
Fragments of the mosaic floors of the Narcissus building (first half of the 3rd century) and the Ancient Synagogue (second half of the 3rd – beginning of the 4th), a mosaic with birds (first half of the 3rd century)

30 min sightseeing

16 min walk

Plovdiv International Fair Central Building (facade)
Mosaic “Mercury” by Hristo Stefanov and Valentin Starchev, 1987

15 min sightseeing

3 min walk

The roundabout at the Plovdiv International Fair
Mosaic “Yuri Gagarin” by Ioan Leviev, 1970

15 min sightseeing

14 min by car

Block 15 next to the Old Town Hall of Trakiya neighbourhood (facade)
Mosaic by Trifon Nedelchev, Margarita Tomova and Sasho Baldev, 1980s

15 min sightseeing

4 min by car / 20 min walk

The polyclinic of Trakiya neighbourhood (water facility in front of the main facade)
Mosaic by Trifon Nedelchev and Margarita Tomova, 1980s

15 min sightseeing

Tour guides for contact

Petya Peytcheva, English & French
e-mail: peytcheva@yahoo.com

The tour guides above attended the Balkan Heritage Foundation training on the Mosaic Tour of Plovdiv within the project Plovdiv Mosaic Week 2021 and agreed to publish their contacts on the Tour’s website.

The Balkan Heritage Foundation and the Municipality of Plovdiv shall not be responsible for their services.

Additional information

All photos and text on this website are Copyright © 2021 of thе Balkan Heritage Foundation. All rights reserved. Archaeological Museum Plovdiv has allowed the Balkan Heritage Foundation to photograph museum exhibits free of charge – the mosaic with Allen’s gallinule birds, a fragment from a mosaic floor with an emblem “Narcissus” and a mosaic fragment from the ancient synagogue depicting a menorah, with the condition that the photographs bear a watermark with the museum logo.

Editors:

Texts about ancient mosaics: Stanislav Stanev
Texts about contemporary mosaics: Rayna Decheva-Uchkunova
Editors: Angela Pencheva, Stanislav Stanev

Photos and web design: Anton Chalakov
English translation: Lyuba Manoilova
English proofreading: Matthew Schueller

Contacts:

е-mail: balkanheritage@gmail.com

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