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View Poll Results: How many years?
less than 100 15 2.96%
100-200 49 9.68%
200-300 33 6.52%
300-400 36 7.11%
400-500 52 10.28%
500-600 19 3.75%
600-700 19 3.75%
700-800 39 7.71%
800-900 25 4.94%
900-1,000 31 6.13%
1,000-1,500 52 10.28%
1,500-2,000 20 3.95%
more than 2,000 116 22.92%
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Old December 28th, 2012, 04:53 PM   #1
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How old is your city?

This question relates very much to this topic as for the most part, older cities are more prone to have areas with decay.

Attached is a poll, please vote Also I would like to read about the histories of your cities so you can post information about that too!
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:11 PM   #2
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Bhubaneswar,India,more than 2000 years.
Bhubaneswar /ˌbʊvəˈneɪʃwər/, also spelled Bhubaneshwar (Bhubanēsbara pronunciation (help·info)), is the capital of the Indian state of Orissa, officially spelled Odisha. The city has a history of over 3000 years starting with the Mahamegha-bahana Chedi dynasty (around 2nd century BCE) who had Sisupalgarh near present-day Bhubaneswar as their capital. Bhubaneswar has been known by names such as Toshali, Kalinga Nagari, Nagar Kalinga, Ekamra Kanan, Ekamra Kshetra and Mandira Malini Nagari (City of Temples) otherwise known as the Temple City of India. It is the largest city of Orissa, and a center of economic and religious importance in the region today.
Bhubaneswar's possession of magnificent sculptures and architectural heritage, coupled with the sanctity as Ekamrakshetra make this one of the great religious centres of Orissa since early medieval days.[3] With its large number of Hindu temples (over 600 in number), which span the entire spectrum of Kalinga architecture, Bhubaneswar is often referred to as a Temple City of India and together with Puri and Konark it forms the Swarna Tribhuja (Golden Triangle); one of the most visited destinations in eastern part of India.
The modern city of Bhubaneswar was designed by the German architect Otto Königsberger in 1946. Like Jamshedpur, Chandigarh, it is one of the first planned cities of modern India.With the Chandaka forest reserve on the fringes, the city with an abundance of greenery, is one of the cleanest and greenest cities of India.
The history of Bhubaneswar may be viewed as two phases: ancient Bhubaneswar and modern Bhubaneswar. While the ancient city has a history that goes back more than 2000 years, the modern city came into existence in 1948.[8]
The first mention of Bhubaneswar in Indian history is in the Kalinga War which was held near Dhauli (presently located in south Bhubaneswar) in the 3rd Century BCE. The later Emperor Kharavela established his capital in Sisupalgarh which is on the outskirts of the city. The Hathigumpha inscriptions at the Udayagiri and Khandagiri Caves by Kharavela give a good account of that period which is estimated as 1st-2nd century BCE. Later, innumerable temples built throughout ancient and medieval history in tune with its status as Temple City give a chronicle of the city's history until Indian independence in 1947.


The remains of the ancient city Sisupalgarh, on the outskirts of the city, is claimed to be at least 2,500 years old.
It was the ancient capital of the Kalinga Empire and the architectural legacy of the period is its greatest attraction. There are many sites in the city that testify the importance of the region during the 7th to 11th century CE when the Kalinga kings ruled Orissa and the regions beyond it. The Ananta Vasudeva Temple and Bindusagar Tank in the only temple of Vishnu in the city of Shiva. The temples in Bhubaneswar are thus regarded as having been built from the 8th to 12th century of Shaiva influence.[9]
The Jain and Buddhist shrines give a picture of the settlements around Bhubaneswar in the first two centuries BCE, and one of the most complete edicts of the Mauryan emperor, Ashoka, dating between 272-236 BCE, remains carved in rock five miles to the southwest of the modern city.[10]
In 1st of April, 1936, Orissa became a separate province in British India with Cuttack as its capital. This date is celebrated as Utkal Divas. Notably, Cuttack was Orissa's capital since 12th century. When India got independence in 1947, Orissa became one of the states of the Indian union. But because of Cuttack's vulnerability to floods and space constraints, the capital was changed to Bhubaneswar which was built into a modern city. The city planning of Bhubaneswar was given by German Architect Otto Königsberger. Bhubaneswar was formally inaugurated on April 13, 1948, as the capital of the Orissa.
Modern Bhubaneswar was planned by Königsberger to be a city with wide roads, gardens and parks.Though part of the city has stayed faithful to the plan, it has grown rapidly over the last few decades and has made the planning process unwieldy.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:14 PM   #3
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The exact date isn't known but it is somewhere in the 1000-1500 category.

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Shrewsbury was probably founded as a town in the 8th century by the Saxon rulers of Mercia, who needed a fortified burh to control the Severn river-crossing on the road between the burhs of Hereford and Chester. It replaced the large Roman fortified town of Viroconium Cornoviorum only 5 miles to the southeast at modern day Wroxeter. Unfortunately no records survive of the exact date of foundation. Shrewsbury comes from the Saxon name 'Scrobbesbyrig'.[3] Within the river loop Roman coins and pottery have been found, potentially indicating either small scale settlement or a route across the meander. Natural fords existed across the River Severn near to the present day English & Welsh Bridges which would have permitted travel across the meander. The ford near the Welsh Bridge existed just downstream of where the bridge is today, where Water Lane in Frankwell meets the river (this lane being one of the town's most ancient street alignments). Where the English Bridge is, the confluence of the Rea Brook with the Severn creates a wide, shallow area of water which was readily fordable. It is here, where the present day street "Coleham Head" exists, that an island existed and is believed to be a possible site of early Saxon settlement.

The earliest written mention of the town existing is from the year 901, when it was described as being a city. At that time it was part of the Kingdom of Mercia and was an important border post between the Anglo-Saxons and the Britons in Wales. By the reign of Athelstan (925-939) coinage was being issued, indicating that the town was fortified at this point as having a mint at this time required by law that the location be fortified.[1] It grew in stature quickly and became the county town of Shropshire by the beginning of the 11th century. By 1066, the mid-11th Century, the town consisted of more than 250 houses, and had four churches - St Chad's, St Mary's, St Alkmond's, and St Julian's, of which at least the first three were minsters
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:18 PM   #4
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My city is just a bit older than 200. It grew on the shadows of two much more powerful cities, 's-Hertogenbosch and Breda, both having being seat of duchies in the past.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #5
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Marrakesh was built in 1062 (950 years ago) under the reign of Abu Bakr Ibn Omar (Almoravid dynasty)
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:41 PM   #6
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I don't know where to put it since it was founded few 100 years before Christ during Roman Empire but it had different name-Mursa,but its current name (Osijek) is first mentioned in around 1100 after.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #7
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Interesting, American cities seem so recent compared to everyone else. Lots of history
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Old December 28th, 2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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Nashville was founded in 1779 as Fort Nashborough, it was incorporated into a city in 1806 so Nashville is in the 200-300 range.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:13 PM   #9
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74 years old.

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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:13 PM   #10
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The oldest archelogical finds from my city are from 3000 BC. But back in those days my city - as you might imagine - wasn't called The Hague.

The Hague as we know it today stems from a settlement dating back to 1230. Before that there was a Roman settlement somewhere in 20, but that disappeared later on.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:14 PM   #11
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Toronto was originally populated by various First Nations tribes: the Seneca, Neutral, Mohawk and Cayuga nations. First European settlement was in 1750 by the French, with Fort Rouillé. They abandoned it about ten years later. There were a few scattered settlers came from the United States, fleeing the Revolution in 1776; we call these people United Empire Loyalists as they came to Canada to remain loyal to the Crown. Earnest settlement by Europeans began in 1793 when Governor John Graves Simcoe arrived on the shores of Toronto Bay, and organised what was then called The Town of York, laying out roads and building a permanent fort, homes and churches. In 1834 the town was incorporated as the City of Toronto, reverting to the original native name so as to end confusion with the name New York.
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Old December 28th, 2012, 06:15 PM   #12
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Belgrade, Serbia
Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and since ancient times it has been an important an intersection of the roads of Eastern and Western Europe. Its history lasts full 7000 years. The area around two great rivers, the Sava and the Danube has been inhabited as early as Paleolithic period. Although it has 7000 years of history ancient sources provide the oldest known name for Belgrade - Singidunum. The very first written documents date back to the 3rd century B.C. With the division of the Roman Empire in 395, Singidunum passed over to the Eastern Empire, i.e. Byzantium. Slavs started frequently crossing the Danube in the 6th century and gradually settled in the area. The stone built fortress rising above the rivers was dubbed Beli Grad (white city). The name Belgrade was first recorded in a letter on April 16, 878, when Pope John VIII notified the Bulgarian Emperor Mihail Boris that he had removed from office Sergi (“episcopus Belgradensis”) due to sinful living. Between the 16th and 19th century Belgrade is referred to with various names in different languages: Alba Graeca, Alba Bulgarica, Bello grado, Nandor Alba, Griechisch Weissenburg, Castelbianco... However, all these names are translations of the Slavic word Beograd. Belgrade survived numerous wars and destruction during the centuries, and thus had a number of symbolic names, such as: House of Winds, Combat Hill, Thinking Hill, House of Freedom…

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Old December 28th, 2012, 07:08 PM   #13
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Great new thread!

TURIN - Italy
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Torino, as the Italians call it, lies along the Po River. The Po stretches from Mount Monviso in the Alpie Cozie (Southwestern Alps) to the Adriatic Sea near Venice.
Turin derives its name from a Celtic word tau, meaning mountain. Torino was founded almost 2400 years ago by a Celtic tribe, the Taurini. The Taurini conquered much of France and part of Spain before heading into what is known today as Italy. In Italian torino means "little bull". The bull is still part of the city standard (flag) to this day. Hannibal, during his Alpine campaign, destroyed much of the city.

However, by the first century A.D., Turin was on its way to being rebuilt. The Castra Taurinorum, a military camp for the Roman army, was created at this time. Castra Taurinorum was eventually dedicated to Augustus Caesar and renamed Augusta Taurinorum (cerca 28 A.D.). The square city plan with streets ending in right angles that was a Roman trademark still thrives in modern Torino. When the Roman Empire fell during the Dark Ages, Torino, which was always prized for its fertile land and access to the River Po, was conquered by various barbarian tribes.

However, when the Savoy family dynasty conquered the city in the year 1280, the city would finally begin its rise to prominence. Emanuele Filiberto, a Duke from the House of Savoy, made Turin the capital of his duchy in 1560.
The Savoys are also credited with bringing art, culture and architecture to Torino. The Savoys certainly spared no expense to make Torino beautiful. Despite their best efforts to 'Italianize' the city, Torino's layout is often compared to Paris more than any other Italian city.
To this day, the vestiges of Savoyard rule can be found in the palaces, the grand boulevards, squares and streets of Turin. During the 17th century, Torino became quite the center for Baroque architecture in Europe.

In the year 1863, after some difficult years, the House of Savoy became the rulers of Italy. Vittorio Emanuele II was crowned king. During this time, Turin was the capital of all of Italy. In 1865, the capital moved to Florence. Rome became Italy's permanent capital in 1870.

By this time, Turin had turned its attention to industry. Torino is one of the world's greatest automobile centers. Fiat, the great Italian car company, still calls it home base. The name FIAT stands for Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino (Italian Car Company of Turin).

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Manchester wasn't a city until 1890?

A lot of English cities have very old roots, but what you see is mainly late 1800s and early 1900s with a lot of 60s building as well.
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Prague was founded by the Czech duchess Libuše and her husband Přemysl during the 8th century A.D.
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Manchester wasn't a city until 1890?
But there was stuff there before it was officially called a city. It was founded as a Roman military outpost named Mamcumium.
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A small village at the location of Dortmund was mentioned in official documents from 880 to 885 as "Throtmanni". 990, there was the first mention of Dortmund and the market rights.


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Old December 28th, 2012, 09:27 PM   #18
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My hometown in the Philippines -- San Pedro, in the province of Laguna became a town in 1725 upon a Royal Decree from Spain in order to separate us from another growing city then called Kabullaw (now known as Cabuyao). As such, it is now 288 years old.

Although I am not from Manila, I feel an affinity to the city as I went to University there. The city was officially founded on June 1571 by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. It was a much much older city as it was ruled by Muslim kings before the Spanish came. However, thee is little written history of the Islamist Manila. So using the 1571 as the official date, Manila is now 442 years old.

And now for the city I currently call home, Ottawa. It was first known as "Bytown" in 1826 but was officially incorporated as Ottawa in 1855. So given the incorporation date, Ottawa is now 158 years old.

Now with the poll, I'll take my hometown's age as my response.
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In my city, Seville (Sevilla in spanish, Spal>Ispal>Híspalis>Isbilya during different times of history) only some weeks ago were found rests of a bruthel of the century I B.C. and they are the oldest archeological buildings found in the city but some rests of objects (not buildings) found in the historical center of the city come from the century VIII B.C. Anyway, it can be even older but the importance arrived when Cartago and after Rome conquered it.
In one city called Itálica situated at less than 10km were born two roman emperor's (Trajano and Adriano), after, during the muslim invasion of the south of Spain, Seville became one of the biggest cities of the world, so that, when it was recovered by christians it was an important step for spanish people.
The greatest moments of the city were after the discover of America: all the ships between Europe and the new Continent started their trip in the city.
That is a really short resume of the history, that can be extended a lot... I hope another user can give much more information of it
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