A few years ago, our humorous article on how to distinguish a real native of Plovdiv from an incoming citizen caused a real controversy on the subject. It’s a fact that in recent times the city is constantly growing and many people choose and recognize it as their place to live. That is why there are sometimes slight inaccuracies in the explanations, especially for places that younger people among us or those who came later don’t know at all.
Let's distinguish some of them and help guide all those wondering...
The once popular restaurant has been closed for more than 30 years, but hundreds of Plovdiv residents continue to use it as a landmark. A private ambulance and a bar have long since settled on the site of the cult establishment, but despite this, the Stadiona Restaurant is still a signpost for a number of us. An interesting fact is that if you enter the location in Google Maps, you will be guided exactly, and you will be able to get information about the bus which will successfully take you there.
For a long time, Novotel was one of the most expensive and emblematic hotels under the hills. It was privatized after the fall of socialism and was part of the prestigious chain until a few years ago. In the recent past, it was synonymous with luxury and prestige, but in recent times, a few more completely new accommodations in the same class have opened their doors in Plovdiv. And although after leaving the chain, it changed its name to Grand Hotel Plovdiv, for the residents of the city it is still a familiar place for meeting or directions.
The situation with the large hotel on Central Square is similar to the example described above. It is also emblematic of Plovdiv, and its first sod was broken in 1954. The project of the building was by architect Boris Yolov, and the execution by architect Stefan Todorov from Plovdiv. The name Trimontium was chosen by its first director, Vladimir Kostov. The opening of the hotel was deliberately delayed and was done in 1956 in honor of the April Plenum of the Central Committee of the BCP. It had accommodation on four floors, conference rooms, a unique restaurant-garden (opened in June 1957), a coffee shop (in 1959, a modern jukebox with 150 single records of famous western singers was installed in it, moved to 9th kilometer camping in 1973) and in the western part, where the casino entrance is now, the famous Bumbarnik Restaurant (its official name is Trimontium Winery).
Today the inscription Trimontium has been removed and for the newly arrived Plovdiv residents and guests under the hills it means nothing.
Maritsa Pharmacy is one of the oldest in Plovdiv. It was created in the 1980s. Its owners were the local pharmacists Tokatliyan - father and son. The original location is unknown, but at the very beginning of the 20th century, the sign was visible on a newly built building at the corner between today's 6 Septemvri Blvd and Raiko Daskalov St, opposite Karaul Khan.
In 1908, the pharmacy was bought by the young pharmacist, Hariton Kuev. The old one-story building was clearly not to the taste of the new owner, and he decided to build a representative European-style building on the opposite side of the street.
The opening of the pharmacy in 1911 became the occasion for a number of enthusiastic articles in the press. Everything was to be praised - both the aristocratic decoration on the outside, and the interior design, and the order in the pharmacy. For years, the establishment was pointed to as a model.
Unfortunately, shortly before 1980, dynamite destroyed the beautiful building to reveal the impersonal facade of a new block of flats.
Today, 43 years later, few remember the majestic building. Only the nearby underpass is still known as the Maritsa pharmacy underpass and rest assured that you will often hear this description if you ask a native Plovdiv resident for directions.
It is the largest school on the territory of the district. From November 20, 1991, according to a decision of the Municipal Council in Plovdiv, the Liliana Dimitrova School was renamed Sveti Patriarch Evtimii Secondary School, but in the memories of the people, it remained with the name Liliana Dimitrova chosen during the turbulent political changes in 1945.
It’s located in close proximity to the center, on Ivan Vazov Street, and is also often a starting point for description.
What other places can you think of?