WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

WHERE IN BULGARIA ARE YOU?

Tue, 07/02/2019 - 10:27

This city in southern Bulgaria, in the middle of the Plain of Thrace, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited places in Europe.

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It has several millennia of history, but some of the most fascinating locations to visit date only to the 19th century. Situated on three hills and collectively referred to as the Old Town, these fabulous mansions and residences belonging to well-to-do citizens of many faiths and nationalities are among the best preserved examples of Ottoman architecture and lifestyle in the world.

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