Haskovo is located in Northern Thrace in southern Bulgaria, near the Greek and Turkish borders. The city can be traced back to ancient settlement as far back as 5 000 BC. In 1985, it celebrated its 1000th anniversary as a city. The region’s economic activities are centred around food, machinery, and textiles. The current population stands around 228,000 inhabitants. 

Thanks to the city’s extensive history that spreads from the prehistoric period to the Byzantine Empire, it is home to an abundance of well-preserved artefacts from Thracian, Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods. The city’s value as a historical site cannot be understated. 

The digitalisation of Haskovo’s cultural heritage began in 2013, when a team of national experts gathered their efforts to transfer old pictures of the city into a digital format, making them available to a broader audience. In order to promote Bulgarian culture and history, each image was linked to a bibliographic explanatory entry. Since then, Haskovo has exerted much efforts towards digitalising its cultural heritage.
 

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Jyväskylä
Jyväskylä
Finland
  • Core
Bistrița
Bistrița
Romania
  • Core
Pamplona
Pamplona
Spain
  • Core
Guimarães
Guimarães
Portugal
  • Core
Padua
Padua
Italy
  • Core
Coastal Towns Association
Coastal Towns Association
Italy
  • Core
Castellón de la Plana
Castellón de la Plana
Spain
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Espoo
Espoo, Tampere & Turku
Finland
  • Core
Heraklion
Heraklion
Greece
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Trikala
Trikala
Greece
  • Core
L'Aquila
L’Aquila
Italy
  • Mentor
Hamburg
Hamburg
Germany