Unesco's official publication, World Heritage Review, and the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation have collaborated to put Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture on the pages of the publication's most recent issue.
The article presents the thousand-years-old city as Europe's oldest inhabited locale, in which people have lived continuously for more than 8,000 years. Attention is paid to Plovdiv's unique culture, architecture, archaeology – all on the backdrop of the hosting the European Capital of Culture title in 2019. The story puts a special emphasis on the Bishop's Basilica of Philippopolis and its place in the world's cultural-historical heritage.
World Heritage Review is published four times a year in English, French and Spanish. It boasts a wide readership such as the UNESCO member states, ministries of tourism and culture around the world, high-ranking experts, ambassadors, cultural institutions and opinion leaders, among others.
The aim of the joint work of the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation and the WHR publisher is again to focus on Plovdiv. Other highlights in this year's last issue are the Silk Road and new sites on the World Heritage List – currently 1,121 in 167 countries, with 869 relating to culture, 213 to natural environment sites, and 39 to both. The basilica and the Philipopolis Roman-era mosaic heritage were put on Unesco's indicative list of significant cultural and natural sites in 2018 and are expected to become permanent parts of the world's heritage.