National Geographic : 1980 Jul
Architecture triumphs over the ashes of conquest in Plovdiv, one of the oldest Balkan cities. Known as Philippopolis after PhilipII of Macedon subdued its Thracians in 341 B.C., the city was renamed Trimontium under Roman rule. Ravaged by Huns, Byzantines, crusaders, and Turks, Plovdiv caught the spark of the 18th- and 19th-century Bulgarian revival period. As craftsmen's guilds arose, dozens of ornate homes beganto appear. Today about 160 have been re storedand preservedin Old Plov div. The decorated facade of a house converted to a restaurant flanks the cobblestones of Cyril Nectariev Street (right). Hunger for Western literature drives a Plovdiv crowd to a book store (below) for 200 copies of a recent translation of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre.