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Old January 24th, 2013, 10:45 AM   #101
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Ljubljana, Slovenia

The earliest known permanent inhabitants of Ljubljana aera were lake dwellers, who settled at Ljubljana Marshes around 2000 BC. The first important settlement in the area, however, came with the arrival of the Romans who built a military camp here in around 50 BC, called Iulia Aemona (Emona). Within centuries developed into strategically relatively important town, the Roman predecessor of Ljubljana was destroyed by the Huns in the mid-5th century. Tribes of early Slavs settled under the shelter of the present castle hill at the end of the 6th century.
The first written reference to Ljubljana as the town of Laibach appeared in 1144. Two years later it turns up also by its Slovene name, Luwigana. In 1220, Ljubljana was granted city rights.


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Old January 24th, 2013, 01:50 PM   #102
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Coimbra - Portugal
Since 1111
Quite young for being a portuguese city! I'm surprised

p.s. in fact...are you sure?


Early History
The city, located over a hill by the Mondego River, was called Aeminium in Roman times. During late Antiquity, it became the seat of a Diocesis substituting the nearby city of Conímbriga, which had been captured and partially plundered by invading Germanic peoples in 465 and 468, adopting later the name of the destroyed city. After the Roman city of Civita Aeminium, between 586 and 640, the Visigoths altered the name of the town to Emínio. The Moors occupied Coimbra (Arabic: قُلُمْرِيَة‎, Qulumriyah) around the year 711, turning it into an important commercial link between the Christian North and Muslim South. The city was reconquered by Ferdinand I of León in 1064.
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Old January 24th, 2013, 02:47 PM   #103
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Yes, you're right. Porto, Lisbon and Coimbra were places always inhabitated since early times because they were in dominating hills near the biggest rivers, and in the case of Porto in the narrowest point of the river near the river mouth, Lisbon near the river mouth, and Coimbra more distant of the river mouth but dominating the river cross and a big and fertile valley that extends towards the sea.

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Old January 25th, 2013, 03:03 AM   #104
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Old January 25th, 2013, 05:39 AM   #105
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Yangzhou is 2,499 years old...



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Old January 26th, 2013, 10:03 AM   #106
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My city is complicated and it depends how you want to define it. I'll let you guys decide:

The City of Greater Sudbury was founded in 2001 and has a population of 160,000 people, it's a conglomeration of already founded cities around the area.
The original central city was founded as a lumber camp and the settlement was called Sainte-Anne-des-Pins. However, it was first incorporated as a town in 1893 when the CPR passed by and had it's first mayor called Stephen Fournier.

Where you live will depend on what you use in Sudbury. Someone in Copper Cliff would use 1901, Capreol would say 1918, Nickel Centre would say 1970's. Etcera, etcera.

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At the moment i live in Uppsala, a university town about 67 km north of Stockholm. There is no known foundation date for Uppsala, but it is one of the oldest political and religious centers in Sweden. It is mentioned as a royal center in the Ynglingatal poem, composed around the year 900 AD. Archaeological excavations at the royal estate of Gamla Uppsala ("Old Uppsala") just north of the city indicate that it was a political center since at least the 6th century AD.

Uppsala became a diocese in the 1120's, and the archbishopric of Sweden in 1164. The site of the present town, a few km south of the royal estate and cathedral, was probably the royal harbor belonging to Uppsala. A proper town began to grow at the harbor at the end of the 11th or in the early 12th century. By the mid-1200's, the town was so big that a new cathedral was built there when the old cathedral at Old Uppsala was destroyed in a fire.

So, Uppsala as an important political and religious center is about 1500 years old. The town proper is around 900 years old.

Old Uppsala with the Royal Mounds (dated to ca 550-625 AD) and the remains of the first cathedral. 17th century.

Uppsala in the 17th century.
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I live in Cádiz one of the oldest cities in Spain and Europe. The legend says it was founded by Hércules:

The city was originally founded as Gadir (Phoenician גדר "walled city") by the Phoenicians from Tyre,[5] who used it in their trade with Tartessos, a city-state believed by archaeologists to be somewhere near the mouth of the Guadalquivir River, about thirty kilometres northwest of Cadiz. (Its exact location has never been firmly established.)
Cadiz is the most ancient city still standing in Western Europe.[1] Traditionally, its founding is dated to 1104 BC[6] although no archaeological strata on the site can be dated earlier than the 9th century BC. One resolution for this discrepancy has been to assume that Gadir was merely a small seasonal trading post in its earliest days.
Later, the Greeks knew the city as Gadira or Gadeira. According to Greek legend, Gadir was founded by Hercules after performing his fabled tenth labour, the slaying of Geryon, a monstrous warrior-titan with three heads and three torsos joined to a single pair of legs. As early as the 3rd century, a tumulus (a large earthen mound) near Cádiz was associated with Geryon's final resting-place.[7]
One of the city's notable features during antiquity was the temple dedicated to the Phoenician god Melqart. (Melqart was associated with Hercules by the Greeks.) According to the Life of Apollonius of Tyana, the temple was still standing during the 1st century. Some historians, based in part on this source, believe that the columns of this temple were the origin of the myth of the pillars of Hercules.[8]
Around 500 BC, the city fell under the sway of Carthage. Cadiz became a base of operations for Hannibal's[9] conquest of southern Iberia. However, in 206 BC, the city fell to Roman forces under Scipio Africanus. The people of Cadiz welcomed the victors. Under the Romans, the city's Greek name was modified to Gades; it flourished as a Roman naval base. By the time of Augustus, Cadiz was home to more than five hundred equites (members of one of the two upper social classes), a concentration of notable citizens rivalled only by Padua and Rome itself. It was the principal city of a Roman colony, Augusta Urbs Julia Gaditana. However, with the decline of the Roman Empire, Gades's commercial importance began to fade.
The overthrow of Roman power in Hispania Baetica by the Visigoths in 410 saw the destruction of the original city, of which there remain few remnants today. The city was later reconquered by Justinian in 550 as a part of the Byzantine province of Spania. It would remain Byzantine until Leovigild's reconquest in 572, and returned to the Visigothic Kingdom.
Under Moorish rule between 711 and 1262, the city was called Qādis (Arabic قادس), from which the modern Spanish name, Cádiz, was derived. The Moors were finally ousted by Alphonso X of Castile in 1262.
During the Age of Exploration, the city experienced a renaissance. Christopher Columbus sailed from Cádiz on his second and fourth voyages, (see Voyages of Christopher Columbus) and the city later became the home port of the Spanish treasure fleet. Consequently, the city became a major target of Spain's enemies. The 16th century also saw a series of failed raids by Barbary corsairs. The greater part of the old town was consumed in the conflagration of 1569. In April 1587 a raid by the Englishman Sir Francis Drake occupied the harbour for three days, capturing six ships and destroying 31 others as well as a large quantity of stores (an event popularly known as 'The Singeing of the King of Spain's Beard'). The attack delayed the sailing of the Spanish Armada by a year.[10]
The city suffered a still more serious attack in 1596, when it was captured by an English fleet under the Earl of Essex and Sir Charles Howard. 32 Spanish ships were destroyed and the city was captured, looted and occupied for almost a month. Finally, when the royal authorities refused to pay a ransom demanded by the English for returning the city intact, they burned much of it before leaving with their booty. Another English raid was mounted by the Duke of Buckingham in 1625 against the city, commanded by Sir Edward Cecil, but this was unsuccessful. In the Anglo-Spanish War Admiral Robert Blake blockaded Cadiz from 1655 to 1657. In the Battle of Cádiz (1702), the English attacked again under Sir George Rooke and James, Duke of Ormonde, but they were repelled after a costly siege.
In the 18th century, the sand bars of the river Guadalquivir forced the Spanish government to transfer the port monopolising trade with Spanish America from upriver Seville to Cadiz with better access to the Atlantic. During this time, the city experienced a golden age during which three-quarters of all Spanish trade was with the Americas. It became one of Spain's greatest and most cosmopolitan cities and home to trading communities from many countries, among whom the richest was the Irish community. Many of today's historic buildings in the Old City date from this era.
During the Napoleonic Wars Cadiz was blockaded by the British from 1797 until the Peace of Amiens in 1802, and again from 1803 until the outbreak of the Peninsular War in 1808. In that war it was one of the few Spanish cities to hold out against the invading French, who sought to install Joseph Bonaparte on the throne. It became the seat of Spain's military high command and of the Cortes (parliament) for the duration of the war. It was here that the liberal Spanish Constitution of 1812 was proclaimed. The citizens revolted in 1820 to secure a renewal of this constitution; the revolution spread across Spain, leading to the imprisonment of King Ferdinand VII in Cadiz. French forces secured the release of Ferdinand in the Battle of Trocadero (1823) and suppressed liberalism. In 1868, Cadiz was once again the seat of a revolution, resulting in the eventual abdication and exile of Queen Isabella II. The same Cadiz Cortes decided to reinstate the monarchy under King Amadeo I just two years later. In recent years, the city has undergone much reconstruction. Many monuments, cathedrals, and landmarks have been cleaned and restored, adding to the charm of this ancient city.
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Old February 11th, 2013, 01:43 AM   #109
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(Didn't officially become a city until the 1870's, but yeah, it's a very young city)
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Some 641 years old.
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Fort Worth is young for even American standards.
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Old February 13th, 2013, 06:07 PM   #112
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Although no document recording city foundation has been found, August 6, 1538 is accepted as foundation date. According to tradition, that day Priest Fray Domingo de las Casas said the first mass in a straw hut built near the current cathedral or near Santander park. It is said that the region was named New Kingdom of Granada that day and the village was named Santa Fe.

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I live in Belo Horizonte, third biggest urban agglomeration in Brazil, with more than 5 million people living in the metro area. But a hundred years ago, before the Minas Gerais' state government decided to build its new capital here, there was only a small village on the site, the first settlements of which began in 1700.

There is still one farm left of that former village, which looks like this:

Hundred years ago it looked like this:

The main "square" of village:

This is the plan of the new planned capital which replaced it:

And how it looks today, grown far beyond that originally planned area:

But you can still see the squared pattern of the plan in the central area:

P.S.:That green area in this photo is the same as that green area on the plan.

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Old February 19th, 2013, 07:54 PM   #114
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The oldest surviving building in Wolverhampton is from 984 AD - St Peter's Church.

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There isn't much around from that time though, in fact very little at all. Much has been replaced many times, mainly due to the industrial revolution and then the collapse of British manufacturing after it which has left so much dereliction all over the place.

One old gem:


Urban renewal has replaced much of the inner city slums but also a lot of historically important buildings that we don't have good records of.

We now generally keep or refurbish the oldest buildings, working around them. Unfortunately many are destroyed *mysteriously* by arson.

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Old February 20th, 2013, 09:17 AM   #115
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St Peters is beautiful!
'Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood."
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Dubai, founded in 1833

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Old February 20th, 2013, 05:33 PM   #117
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Dubai, founded in 1833
Very Young But Awesome city
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Recife - Brazil , 475 years !
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Originally Posted by Romashka01 View Post
Lviv, Ukraine

756 years old

Lviv was founded in 1256 by King Danylo Halytskyi (Romanovych) .
You should write here something about traces of settlement.
The latest traces of settlement are from Vc.
In the area of present day Lviv in Xc. was Lendian settlement which confirms studies from 1977.
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Dubai, founded in 1833
Dubai really started becoming a city in the 80s
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