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Stara Zagora

Stara Zagora Province
Stara Zagora
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By Air

Stara Zagora Airport (IATA: SZR, ICAO: LBSZ) is the airport of the sixth largest city in Bulgaria, Stara Zagora.The airport is located near the Kolio Ganchev suburb located about 9 km south from the city center of Stara Zagora.Due to its good location, near the Shipka Top, Stara Zagora Spa Resort and Sevtopolis - The Thrace Capital, the airport is mainly attractive for charters.Stara Zagora Airport is awaiting concession procedure as of 2008 and is currently nonoperational.

By Train

Stara Zagora is a major railroad hub, linking all Danube countries and North Europe (Romania, Russia, Moldova, Ukraine) to the Mediterranean with the line Rousse - Svilengrad - Istanbul.Additionally, the city is on the crossroads between east - west railroad line Burgas - Sofia.

By Bus

Busline lik Stara Zagora with all cities in Bulgaria and almost all towns and some of the villages. Regular lines every hour or half an hour from/to Sofia, Plovdiv, Haskovo, Bourgas, Sliven, Veliko Turnovo /Rousse, Varna, etc.

By Car

From Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, take the Trakia expressway.From Burgas,on the Black Sea Coast, take the Trakia expressway.(Karnobat - Stara Zagora section to be finished in 2011, now it is a two lane asphalted road.)From Istanbul, Turkey, take the highway via Edirne, and Svilengrad, which is a good highway.From Rousse, in northern Bulgaria, take the highways crossing Shipka or Haimboise Passes.

Key places to visit
Regional Museum of History, Neolithic Dwellings, Ayazmoto Park, Geo Milev House Museum, Roman Theatre


Places to Visit

Regional Museum of History

The Stara Zagora Regional Museum of History is one of the richest museums in the Balkans, when it comes to number and significance of its artifacts.The largest and the most preserved Neolithic art collection, the collection of Roman glass, the collection of Thracian chariots, the antique bronze collection and the artifacts of the Roman city of Augusta Trajana give to the museum one of the most significant places among the European museums.

Neolithic Dwellings

The museum "Neolithic Dwellings" of Stara Zagora hosts one of the most important prehistoric art exhibitions in Europe.It was built around 2 Neolithic houses (dwellings) dating back to the 6th Millennia B.C.During the excavation of the Neolithic houses, 1826 artifacts were found.The houses are the best-preserved in Europe from this period.Kitchens, fireplaces, hand grain mills, and ceramic vessels comprise the richest inventory of VI Millennia prehistoric house life in Europe.Opening times: Tues - Sat: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 12:30 pm - 5:00 pm.

Ayazmoto Park

located at the end of the town is definitely a place not to be missed.Established in 1895 on the slopes of the nearby mountains.It contains the largest zoo in Bulgaria, making it an ideal place for a family outing.For those that are interested in horticulture there is the botanical garden which features over 200 exotic plants specially imported from Turkey, Greece, Spain and Italy, as well as from all over the world.The park also contains facilities for soccer, badmington, tennis and jogging. There is also a nearby football stadium which houses Beroe soccer club which has a seating capacity of 10 000. The stadium also has facilities for athletics and gymnastics.

Geo Milev House Museum

Set around a lovely enclosed garden, contains manuscripts and paintings by locally-born Milev (1895-1925). Despite losing an eye in WWI, Milev continued to write poetry dealing with social issues, such as Septemvri, about the September 1923 agrarian revolution.The political sympathies of Milev's work led to it being confiscated by the authorities.The writer was arrested, put on trial, and then kidnapped by the police and murdered.Contemporary artists also sell their work in the museum, which has a relaxing café in the garden courtyard.

Roman Theatre

Often called the Antique Forum Augusta Trayana, was built in the 3rd century AD.It’s in a good state and hosts popular alfresco concerts during summer.Although visitors cannot wander around the site, you can peer in from the roadside.Other ruins opposite are accessible at all hours of the day.

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