Southern District

This part of the Southern District is well known by the name Kyuchuk Parizh (from Turkish, Small Paris) or just Kyuchuka. A long-standing symbol of the neighbourhood is the Lead Tower of the Shot Factory to the south of the railway, built in 1927 by Ivan Neykov and destroyed in 2002. The tower resembled the Eiffel Tower in Paris. WW1 left a stamp on the neighbourhood as Plovdiv turned into a centre for refugees from Western Thrace and Aegean Macedonia. Most of them settled south of the railway. The first urban plan of the neighbourhood dates back to 1924. Thus Kyuchuk Parizh became a refugee neighbourhood, whereas between WW1 and WW2 it was dominated by workers.