Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria with population of 380 000 citizens. It is one of the oldest cities in the country. It is located in an economic region with population of 500 000 people. It is situated in the Thracian Valley, on both banks of the Maritsa River, at the foot of the Rhodopes. Several transport routes of international significance cross Plovdiv, e.g. Sofia-Edirne-Istanbul and Sofia-Stara Zagora-Burgas.
A number of international exhibitions take place each year at the modern buildings of Plovdiv International Fair. The tourism development is an important prop for the city economy.
The present-day Plovdiv District began being populated more than 6000 years before Christ. The city itself holds a rich historical and cultural heritage, which has established it as a cultural, trade, communication and tourism center.
The present-day main pedestrian street of the city of Plovdiv lays on an ancient Roman stadium. In the process of reconstruction of the Star Gallery Building some tribunes were found which are part of an arena dating back to the second century. They were diligently and precisely restored and they will be freely accessed by all visitors in the building.
On the central pedestrian street “Knyaz Alexander Battenberg” numerous shops and caf?s has found their place. It is daily visited by the astonishing number of 53 000 people (source: Regio Plan 2009). The Star Gallery Building is to be found on the hub of this bustling street.
Bulgaria is a significant transit country between Central Europe and the Near East.
The European transit corridors IV (Dresden-Budapest-Craiova-Sofia-Thessaloniki), VII (Danube), VIII (Tirana-Skopje-Sofia-Varna-Burgas), IX (Helsinki-Moscow-Bucharest-Dimitrovgrad-Alexandropolis) pass through Bulgaria.
The country’s economy has shown a remarkable progress in the last years and Bulgaria gains still greater importance as a state-exporter. The unemployment is visibly under the average for the European Union.