We all know the story of the demolition of Markovo Tepe and its conversion into a shopping center years ago. Legend has it that Krali Marko, riding his horse Sharkolia, chasing Musa Kesedzhi, made a huge leap from Bunardzhika onto the hill. Therefore, it was later named after him. With its destruction, the city lost one of its symbols, although the nickname City of the Seven Hills remains to this day.
In fact, there is a conditional place that in the very center of Plovdiv revived the idea of the seventh hill in 2011. This is what we call Dzhumaya’s garden and the small square that was opened there on September 5, 2011. The project is the work of the Plovdiv artist Atanas Hranov and is covering the garden in the center with stone pavers in concentric circles. Between them, with cast-iron letters and ingots, he wrote the names of prominent Bulgarian authors who worked in Plovdiv, and parts of their works, also created in the city under the hills. They were deliberately placed close to the benches so that everyone seated can enjoy the timeless stanzas.
The "Seventh Hill" project is unique and includes the following authors and their works: Zahariy Stoyanov, Ivan Vazov, Yoakim Gruev, Ivan Bogorov, Nayden Gerov, Hristo G. Danov, Konstantin Velichkov, Petko Slaveykov, Pencho Slaveykov, Nikolay Liliev, Dimcho Debelyanov, Dimitar Dimov, Nikolay Rainov, Yordan Radichkov, Nikola Alvadzhiev, Gencho Stoev, Dobromir Tonev. A similar civil and aesthetic literary sign in time and space has not been placed in any Bulgarian city.
The garden is an important center for Plovdiv, located in the "triangle" of places symbolic of our national culture - the Roman Stadium, the entrance to Old Plovdiv and Dzhumaya mosque. A step away from the entrance to the Old Town is the museum of the reformer of the modern Bulgarian education system and the father of the Bulgarian language book publishing – Hristo G. Danov.
The seventh hill of Plovdiv is a hill of spirituality, artistry, memory, the joy of life, the enjoyment of the beauty, the talent to live and create art.
Today, it is a favorite place for many of the workers in the center to unwind during their breaks, and especially at lunchtime it is always full of people.
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