THE BISHOP'S BASILICA
AND THE ROMAN MOSAIC HERITAGE OF PHILIPPOPOLIS

Bishop’s Basilica, a Symbol of Unity & Respect [VIDEO]

  First discovered in 1982 during road construction in Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s second largest city, the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis is being brought back to life thanks to a public-private partnership between the America for Bulgaria Foundation (ABF), Plovdiv...

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Can You Hear the Birds Chirping? [new podcast series]

Imagine you are standing on a wide-open field. The air is crisp; birds are chirping away nearby. Take 36 steps going in a straight line. Stop and turn to the right. Look ahead and take another 83 steps. You have just outlined the dimensions of the Bishop’s Basilica of...

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Plovdiv Is One of New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2019

Plovdiv and the Bishop’s Basilica made it into the New York Times this week after 52 Places Traveler Sebastian Modak spent a week exploring Europe’s oldest consistently inhabited city. History is just one of Plovdiv’s allures, Modak writes; the city has plenty to...

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You Thought Cyrillic Was Hard? Try Glagolitic.

Young museumgoers in Sofia celebrated Bulgaria’s national day, March 3, by going back to the country’s beginnings: they learned how to write in Glagolitic, the early Cyrillic script, dressed dolls in traditional Bulgarian attire they made, and practiced the ancient...

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New Life for the Small Basilica in Plovdiv

In Christian art, a stag is associated with the soul’s longing for salvation and is often found near baptismal pools as a symbol of the soul’s desire for purification.  Stags crave water just like Christians crave faith.  This sumptuous 6th Century AD mosaic made of...

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