Bulgaria's Plovdiv Named World's Sixth Oldest City

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Plovdiv Named World's Sixth Oldest City The city is a major cultural centre and boasts many ancient remains, including a Roman amphitheatre and aqueduct, and Ottoman baths. Photo by the Daily Telegraph

British archaeologists have proclaimed the second-largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv, to be the sixth oldest city in the world.

Plovdiv shares the sixth spot in the ranking, compiled by the British The Daily Telegraph, together with Faiyum in Egypt and Sidon in Lebanon.

The article points out that the earliest inhabitation in Plovdiv dates back to 4,000 BC. The city was originally a Tracian settlement before becoming a major Roman city. It later fell into Byzantine and Ottoman hands, before becoming part of Bulgaria.

"The city is a major cultural centre and boasts many ancient remains, including a Roman amphitheatre and aqueduct, and Ottoman baths," the Daily Telegraph points out.

The article cites the Roman writer Lucian saying:"This is the biggest and loveliest of all cities. Its beauty shines from faraway."

The ranking is topped by the city of Jericho, located in Palestine, which was founded in 9000 BC. In ancient times it was surrounded by stone wall and it lived between 1000 and 1500 residents. The town is located near the Jordan River in the West Bank and its population is currently around 20 000 people.

The leader is followed by the city of Byblos, founded in 5000 BC in Lebanon and Aleppo, which share the third place with Damascus, Syria.

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Robin - 11 Dec 2009 // 12:52:59

Well, I think the point is that these are the oldest continually inhabited cities. But I also wonder about the accuracy of the whole article.

Robin - 11 Dec 2009 // 12:51:58

Yeah, I came across this as well yesterday. Obviously someone has a grudge. All the other cities have beautiful scenic photos and plovdiv has the local Neo Nazis marching past a construction site...

kostis - 11 Dec 2009 // 11:40:42

Sure! The Mesopotamian cities (and other Ionian, Aegean, Cretan etc.) came much later.

CIAwhores - 11 Dec 2009 // 09:22:09

So why is there a photo of the Bulgarian Village Blackshirts?....couldn't they find a nice one of the ampitheartre? Who puts up theses pictures...? Miro from Klizma?

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