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PLOVDIV, Bulgaria's second– largest city (with a population of 360,000), is one of its most attractive and vibrant centres, with arguably more to recommend it than Sofia, a city that the proud locals of Plovdiv tend to regard with some disdain. Certainly there's plenty to see: the old town embodies Plovdiv's long and varied history. Thracian fortifications subsequently used by Macedonian masons, overlaid with Byzantine walls, and by great timber-framed mansions erected during the Bulgarian renaissance, look down on the Ottoman mosques and artisans' dwellings of the town that …
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