Bulgaria’s oldest city honored as European culture capital

  • People take selfies with Trabant car exhibited as part of Art Liberte, the first traveling exhibition marking the occasion of the 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian town named to celebrate the most prestigious cultural initiative of the European Union, along with the Italian city of Matera as the twin European Capital of Culture for 2019. (AP Photo/STR)

  • People walk past an exhibit showing the American singer Lou Reed which is part of the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition marking the 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall in the town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian town named to celebrate the most prestigious cultural initiative of the European Union, along with the Italian city of Matera as the twin European Capital of Culture for 2019. (AP Photo/STR)

  • People take pictures of exhibits at the Art Liberte exhibition, the first traveling exhibition to mark the 30 years anniversary of fall of the Berlin wall in the town of Plovdiv ahead of the opening ceremony of Plovdiv as one of European Capital of Culture, Bulgaria, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. Plovdiv is the first Bulgarian town named to celebrate the most prestigious cultural initiative of the European Union, along with the Italian city of Matera as the twin European Capital of Culture for 2019. (AP Photo/STR)

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Plovdiv, the oldest city in Bulgaria, has been officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture for 2019.

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