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 offer in contemporary art, local crafts, recreational and culinary opportunities, and quirky local businesses as well. “[In Plovdiv] I felt an urge to create that I haven’t felt anywhere else on this trip so far. After the hangover of Georgia and the exhaustion of Israel during Passover, it was just the dose of motivation I needed,” Modak writes.
Plovdiv is European Capital of Culture in 2019, and visitors will be able to attend a number of exciting events throughout the year. In September, the Bishop’s Basilica of Philippopolis will open to the public, revealing 20,000 square feet of sixteen-century-old mosaics.