Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria after Sofia, with a population of 347,000. It is situated in a fertile region of south-central Bulgaria on the two banks of the Maritsa River. The city has historically developed on seven shills, some of which are 250 metres high. Because of these hills, Plovdiv is often referred to in Bulgaria as “The City of the Seven Hills”. It is also known by the name Philippopolis, after Philip II of Macedonia conquered the city in the 4th century BCE.
Plovdiv is the culture capital of Bulgaria and is the host of a great variety of cultural events such as the International Fair Plovdiv and several festivals. It was the European Capital of Culture for 2019.
It has been considered to be one of the oldest cities in the world with evidence of habitation dating back to the 6th millennium BCE, when the first Neolithic settlements were established.
The city hosts a great variety of cultural events such as the International Fair Plovdiv, the international theatrical festival “A stage on a crossroad” and many more novel festivals.
There are many preserved ruins to be seen in the city, such as the ancient Plovdiv Roman theatre, a Roman Odeon, a Roman aqueduct, the Plovdiv Roman Stadium, the archaeological complex Eirene, and others.
Plovdiv offers excellent and varied services, including local transportation, housing – hostels for students and a wide range of hotels.
The Conference will be held at the House of Culture “Boris Hristov”. Situated in the heart of the city, this recently renovated cultural center will provide the perfect venue for the 2022 ICCM conference.