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Location: Bulgaria         Length: 33 min

At the very heart of ancient Thrace, in modern Bulgaria, lies the equally ancient town of Plovdiv. Occupied since the end of the seventh millennium BC, the city has risen from the ashes many times in more than 8000 years. This video tells the remarkable story of Plovdiv from Neolithic to recent times. Captured by King Philip II of Macedon in 341 BC, the city became a Roman capital, was devastated by Attila the Hun, rebuilt by Byzantine Emperor Justinian, captured by the Bulgars in AD 831, destroyed by Crusaders, and captured by the Turks in 1364.

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Produced by Jordan Detev

Copyright 2006 by Bulgarian MultiMediaArts Society

Bulgarian Archaeology (

Plovdiv Regional Historical Museum (Wikipedia)

City of Plovdiv's Home Page

Roman and Late Antique Archaeology (Institute of Archaeology and Museum, Bulgaria)