Thronged with promenading Plovdivians and lined with shops, cafés, and bars, the pedestrianized ul. Knyaz Aleksandar I leads onto the attractive ploshtad Dzhumaya where the substantial ruins of a Roman stadium that could hold thirty thousand spectators are on display beneath the square. Among the variously styled buildings here, the renovated Dzhumaya Mosque, with its diamond-patterned minaret and lead-sheathed domes, steals the show; it’s believed that the mosque dates back to the reign of Sultan Murad II (1359–85).

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