Plovdiv, Bulgaria-the oldest city in Europe
Anita Valentinova, source: profit.bg, 29 July 2010
Bulgarian Plovdiv city is the oldest European settlement, inhabited by people.Plovdiv was founded 4000 years B.C. and ancient Thracian tribes were the first inhabitants of today’s modern city. Later on Plovdiv has become an important city in the Roman Empire. British Telegraph newspaper reminds that Plovdiv has subsequently been conquered by Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. Plovdiv city is a major cultural centre that boasts many historic monuments. Some of them are Roman amphitheatre, Turkish baths, holy temples etc. Roman writer Lukian called Plovdiv ‘The biggest and most beautiful of all cities. Its unrivalled beauty is seen from far, far away. Indeed there are ancient cities that can compete with Plovdiv’s old history, but they are not located in Europe. These two cities are in Egypt and Lebanon.