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less than 100 11 2.53%
100-200 42 9.68%
200-300 27 6.22%
300-400 28 6.45%
400-500 47 10.83%
500-600 17 3.92%
600-700 17 3.92%
700-800 35 8.06%
800-900 21 4.84%
900-1,000 24 5.53%
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1,500-2,000 18 4.15%
more than 2,000 101 23.27%
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Old March 26th, 2013, 09:30 AM   #141
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My current city is very new. There were some settlements before but the real history starts in 1819 when the great Thomas Stamford Raffles arrived and signed a treaty with Sultan Hussein Shah of Johor on behalf of the British East India Company to develop the southern part of Singapore as a British trading post. Until a few decades ago it was an insignificant town.
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Old March 26th, 2013, 09:59 AM   #142
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Kyiv, Ukraine

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According to legend, Kyiv was founded by three brothers (princes), Kyi, Shchek and Khoryv, and their sister Lybid. Kyiv is named after Kyi, the eldest brother. Legend has it that the emergence of a great city on the future location of Kyiv was prophesied by St. Andrew (one of the Apostles). He was fascinated by the spectacular location on the hilly shores of the Dnieper River. The city is thought to have existed as early as the 5th century, initially as a Slavic settlement. Archaeological excavations have shown there indeed was an ancient settlement from the 5th century. Gradually acquiring eminence as the center of the East Slavic civilization, Kyiv reached its Golden Age as the center Kyivan Rus' in the 10th–12th centuries.

Monument to the legendary founders of Kyiv


http://tov-tob.livejournal.com/

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra (Monastery of the Caves) was founded in the mid-11th century, is one of the most famous and important monasteries in the history of Europe.


http://elektraua.livejournal.com/

Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is the largest Christian monastery in the world. The architectural complex of Kyiv Pechersk Lavra is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.

Saint Sophia Cathedral (Ukrainian: Собор Святої Софії):



The cathedral was founded by Grand Prince Yaroslav the Wise in the first half of the 11th century (1037).
In 17-18 centuries the cathedral was rebuilt in the Ukrainian baroque style but inside have been preserved frescoes & mosaics of 11th century:



Saint Sophia Cathedral was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1990.

_Mosaics: http://www.icon-art.info/location.ph...d=148&mode=mos
Frescoes: http://www.icon-art.info/location.ph...d=148&mode=mur
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Old March 26th, 2013, 10:46 AM   #143
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great !
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Old March 26th, 2013, 06:26 PM   #144
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My hometown Sofia dates back to the neolithic age. Archeological works have proven there was human settlment as early as 5000 BC, due to the strategic location and the available hot water springs. During the late antiquity it was a blooming town. It was fortified and during the Roman period was one of the possible candidates for a capital of the Eastern Roman empire, known as Byzanthium.

As for it's names it has been known as Sardica, Sredets, Triaditsa and for the last 5 centuries has been known as Sofia, namely after the Hagia Sophia church (6th century AD)

The oldest surviving building that still stands in our days is the St. George rotunda, 4th century AD, which in fact is one of the oldest functioning churches in the world.

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Old March 26th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #145
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I live in São Paulo, which was founded during a Jesuit Mass in January 25th, 1554 (therefore, 459 yo), on the margins of the Tamanduateí river. The city was founded around a school pateo ("Páteo do Colégio"), which was used to christianize the indigenous population and teach them portuguese (as well as understand the natives' language). Although it is as old as some of the most important south-american cities, until around 1810 it was not more than a few streets, most of which still exist under different names. A map of the city back then:



This was the exact location of the mass (the original Jesuit school has been rebuilt), in a hill next to the Tamanduateí river, which now runs far from the location:


(Both from the Histórico Demográfico da Prefeitura de São Paulo).

However, through the immigration attracted by the booming coffee culture and the industrialization of Brazil, between 1870-1950 the city grew enormously, becoming one of the world's biggest (as of today, it is the 5th largest agglomeration, according to the UN, 3rd in the Americas and the largest city in the southern hemisphere). Just for comparison, here's a picture of the city seen from the top of one of its tallest and most famous buildings, the Banespa (my picture), where you can see the "Páteo do Colégio" in the lower left, with the Sé Cathedral (one of the 10 biggest neogothic churches in the world) in the middle:

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Old March 26th, 2013, 10:36 PM   #146
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Old March 27th, 2013, 03:52 PM   #147
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Subotica, Serbia
Subotica is about 622 years old.

The first mentioning of Subotica in written documents dates from May 7th 1391; however the settlement has surely been older. It has been established that people inhabited these territories even 3000 years ago. The fate of Subotica was clearly defined by its position between Europe and Asia, whilst, historically, it was between two opposing forces – the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman Empires. Frequent migrations resulted in a diverse population on this military borderland, such as: Serbs, Hungarians , Germans, Slovaks, Jews, Bunjevci and Greeks… Both the rulers and the names of the city changed quite often. Since its first name: Zabatka given in 1391, the city has changed more than 200 names, however the most peculiar ones are Szent – Maria, Maria-Theresiopolis, Maria Theresienstadt, Szabadka and Subotica.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 05:23 AM   #148
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Where I live has been continuously settled by indigenous human inhabitants since about 1300 AD. As a "Western" community, some neighborhoods of my city have been settled since about 1680.

However, my city in it's current incarnation, Albuquerque, has been official since 1706

Out Tricentennial celebrations here a while back were very big indeed!!
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 12:03 PM   #149
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The Varna culture is a record holder, the oldest golden treasure in the world was discovered in Varna Necropolis, consisting of coins, weapons and jewellery dating to 4,600 BC
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 06:38 PM   #150
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Indianapolis, Indiana USA Platted in 1820 and it became a town in 1821. It is currently 192 years old. Just a baby.
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My city was founded in 316 BC, but there was a much older settlement, nearby! The name of the city can be found in the Bible...
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 08:59 PM   #152
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SÃO JOAQUIM, BRAZIL

My city is young, founded by late immigrants, mostly coming from germany and italy, in 1887.


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and Brazil itself is young, 513 years old.
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 12:09 AM   #153
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Oslo Norway - a few years over a 1000 years old, but only started growing for real some years into the 1800s (like, 1810 or so).
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 12:22 AM   #154
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Oslo Norway - a few years over a 1000 years old, but only started growing for real some years into the 1800s (like, 1810 or so).
I did grow heavily during the 14th century too and it did become the capital a rather large city at the time (but still behind Bergen I believe). However it later went in decline after Haakon V of Norways death, the black plague and various devasting fires.
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My city was founded in 316 BC, but there was a much older settlement, nearby! The name of the city can be found in the Bible...
Are we supposed to read through the whole bible to find out which city is "yours"?
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 02:22 AM   #156
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I did grow heavily during the 14th century too and it did become the capital a rather large city at the time (but still behind Bergen I believe). However it later went in decline after Haakon V of Norways death, the black plague and various devasting fires.
Details, details.... J/k, nice to know more about the history, well I probably already knew that, but forgot . Starting to get old this chap is, hmmm....
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Old April 3rd, 2013, 03:31 AM   #157
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this September my city turns 486th years old
this city starts as a center for the Banjarese Kingdom until the Dutch arrives in this city.

sorry without historical pictures,

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 10:04 AM   #158
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City of Stalowa Wola was established officially in 1945 so it's 68 years old as for today. My grandmother is older than the city I live in
On a side note, the city rights were signed on the first of april. No april fools though, it was a heaven-sent for the southern-east Poland !

Buildings for the city itself started construction before the war, but after city's expansion we "captured" a neighbour city of Rozwadów that's 323 years old.

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Old April 3rd, 2013, 10:12 AM   #159
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Manila dates back to c.900 AD (Kingdom of Tondo).
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Are we supposed to read through the whole bible to find out which city is "yours"?
LOL. St. Paul's letter to the Thessalonians explains everything!
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