Plovdiv Old Town, square in old town
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Plovdiv Old Town, square in old town

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Plovdiv Old Town, square in old town between Panayot Volov str. and Puldin str.

Plovdiv is located on the banks of the Maritsa river, approximately 152 km (94 mi) southeast of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. The city is situated in the southern part of the Plain of Plovdiv, an alluvial plain forming the western portion of the Upper Thracian Plain. more about Plovdiv

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