The 2022 DIGILIENCE conference will be held in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Plovdiv is Bulgaria’s second-largest city, located on the banks of the Maritsa River in the ancient region of Thrace. The city easily combines energizing nightlife with millennia-old ruins. Plovdiv, like Rome, is built on seven hills, but as Europe’s oldest continually inhabited city, it is much older.
Plovdiv is one of Europe’s oldest cities, having a history going back to roughly 6,000 B.C. This old city has Roman remains as well as a beautiful Old Town with timber-framed homes and cobblestone streets.
Plovdiv is now a prosperous city with a relaxed environment and a plethora of architectural structures. It is most known for its picturesque old town, which is filled with colourful and creaking 19th-century homes that have been converted into house museums, galleries, and guesthouses.
Plovdiv’s Old Town is comprised of cobblestone lanes lined with 19th-century residences, most of which are now museums. You can see beautiful Renaissance-era character residences with their handcrafted wooden furnishings and framed windows as you travel through this historical portion of the city.
However, cobblestoned alleyways and National Revival–era nostalgia are only a small portion of the narrative. Plovdiv, Bulgaria’s cosmopolitan second city, has always been close to Sofia, and a term as European Capital of Culture 2019 is certain to give Plovdiv the upper hand.