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As the oldest living city in Europe, Plovdiv has always been associated with many stereotypes and notions. Of course, some of them are true, but others - total delusion. We, from the team of the only digital guide under the hills, looked into all the things we overhear here and there to find the few sentences that we can say with hand on the heart: True! And which are they you can read below:
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1. People of Plovdiv are aylyak. Maybe some of you will ask what this is. We’ll answer simply: that feeling of being over things, of being calm, of sitting down to have a cup of coffee at the Grater or in Kapana at noon on a workday and don’t hurry anywhere.
2. In Plovdiv, it is very hot in the summer. Only people of Plovdiv and guests from the warmer countries can withstand the fiery sun and temperatures of over 40 degrees.
3. Kapana is full of hipsters. Yes, true! This is the creative district of everyone for whom conformism is not inherent and who get inspired by contemporary art.
4. In Plovdiv, culture is felt everywhere - it is no coincidence that the city was chosen as the European Capital of Culture 2019, and its glory as a center of enlightenment, education, and progress dates back to ancient times.
5. In Plovdiv the air is dirty. We can’t help but mention something negative, however sad it may be. Industrialization and life in the big city come with some negatives that we can’t deny. Especially in winter, when some people are heating up on solid fuel, it's hard to breathe, and as you get up a little higher, you see the smog rising over the city.
6. Plovdiv is a city of tolerance - here for centuries, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Armenians, Bulgarians, Turks, Greeks, Russians, and Roma have lived together.
7. Plovdiv is the oldest living city in Europe - older than Rome, Athens, and Constantinople.
8. The most beautiful women are in Plovdiv - yes, we are absolutely biased, but why don’t you come to see for yourself?