By the time we reached Hissarya it was late evening though Christian and I still had time to walk into the town centre, so some of the places we visited this morning we had already seen yesterday, though not as thoroughly.
Located in the outskirts of the Sredna Gora mountain range, Hissarya is a famous balneotherapy resort, which during Roman rule (known as Augusta) was a wealthy resort centre.
The 4th century walls of the fortress looked impressive with its four gates, of which the Southern gate was the most interesting because of its camel shape (thus being called Kamilite), but there were quite a few Roman remains almost everywhere.
Roman remains (left). The Fortress Southern gate (right).
We then walked down to two mineral water springs, whose water temperature is 24° - 49° and said to cure diseases of the kidney, liver, gallbladder, gastritis and diabetes, among others.
Before driving off to Plovdiv we still had time to visit a little church whose interior is covered in mural paintings and although they are fairly recent, there is no doubt that they embelished it in a fairly unique way.
Several pictures taken to the interior of the church
I must confess we were impressed, particularly with some of the mural paintings ...
(To be continued)