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Old December 30th, 2009, 02:14 AM   #141
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Romania has some of the greatest towns I've seen in my whole life... Can't say anything else...

NO & Belgian towns are also lovely, its just that Romanian medieval towns capture me in...
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very good!!
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I'm very interested! I would love to find out more.


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Old January 28th, 2010, 01:14 PM   #144
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Linjang in China looks so great. I absolutely love the traditional chinese architecture

Check my sig for some smaller and rather unknown german towns:

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Fantastic examples Patrick German old towns certainly are amongst the most adorable around the world.
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Anyway, I recently created a list of old towns and places containing worthwhile historical structures around the world (outside of Europe). Here we go!

I didn't have the leisure to look for photos yet, but some that are worth to be mentioned:

Arabia: Sana'a, Istanbul, Palmyra, Khiva, Safranbolu, Bukhara, Shibam, Damascus, Diriyah, Edirne, Zabid, Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Heliopolis, Akko, Petra (Jordan), Bam (Iran), Cappadocia, Ardabil, Shiraz, Hatra, Samarra, Tel Aviv, Byblos, Jerusalem, Haifa, Bahla, Qasr Amra, Umm ar-Rasas, Shahrisabz, Crac des Chevaliers, Salah Ed-Din Citadel, Tyre, Divrigi, Hattusa, Kadisha, Taxila, Lahore, Thatta, Mada'in Saleh, Leptis Magna, Cyrene, Konye-Urgench, Bosra, Aleppo, Nemrud, Ortahisar, Al Ain, Xanthos, Samarkand

Africa: Fes, Rabat, Meknes, Marrakech, Ath Benhadu, Tetouan, Essaouira (Morocco in general is gorgeous!), Abu Simbel, Lamu, Zanzibar, Timbuktu, Ghardaia, La Laguna, Lalibela (crazy place), Casbah, Antananarivo, Kairouan, Sousse, Tunis, Mozambique, Cairo (only the old town), Abu Mena, Memphis, Saint-Louis (Senegal), El Djem, Thebes, Ribeira Grande, Setif, Beja/Dougga, Mombasa, Volta, Harar, Goree, Port Louis, Djenne, Ghadames, El Jadida, Mount Sinai, Tipaza

Latin America: Quito, Ouro Preto, Cusco, Havana, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Antigua, Cienfuegos, Puebla, Xochimilco, Lima, San Miguel de Allende, Paramaribo, Willemstad, Santo Domingo, Panama, Granada (Nicaragua), Cuenca, Arequipa, Valparaiso, Diamantina, Potosi (Bolivia), Coro, Chiloe, Salvador de Bahia, Santa Cruz de Mompox, Tlacotalpan, Campeche, St. George's Town (Bermuda), Zacatecas, Morelia, Bridgetown (Barbados), Guadalajara, Sucre, Olinda, Congonhas, Camagüey, Trinidad (Cuba), Port-au-Prince, Popocatepetl, Queretaro, Colonia del Sacramento, Palenque, Chichen Itza & Teotihuacan & Caral & Uxmal & Macchu Picchu (ancient)

North America: Providence, NYC, Syracuse, Ottawa, New Orleans, Montreal, Halifax, Sitka, Nashua, Schenectady, Ketchikan, Charlottetown, Albany, Lunenburg, Pawtucket, Quebec, Savannah (Georgia), Boston, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Calgary, Windsor, Hamilton, Fredericton, Chicago & Detroit & Miami Beach & Kansas & Tulsa (Art Déco), Key West, Lowell, Rochester, Vancouver, Springfield (Massachusetts), Chestnut Hill, Stowe (Vermont), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Utica, San Francisco, La Fortaleza, New Rochelle, Ulster , Berlin (Hampshire), Toronto, Waterbury, Augusta, Portland, Peggys Cove, Montpelier, Rutland, Claremont, New Haven (CT), Worcester, Cambridge (MT), Homer (Alaska), St. Petersburg, Buffalo, Baton Rouge

Oceania: Hobart, Melbourne, Auckland, Pukerua Bay, Rapa Nui, Wellington, Hobart, Sydney

(South/East) Asia: Hanoi, Galle, Vigan, Bagan (Myanmar), Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Hoi An, Kandy, Sigiriya, Patan, Nara, Luang Prabang, Haeinsa, Himeji, Kobe, Kyoto, Hue, Nikko, My Son, Ryukyu heritage, Kathmandu, Lumbini, Vientiane, Hwaseong, Bagerhat, Bhaktapur, Swayambhunath, Angkor Wat, Bulguksa, Lhasa, Changdeokgung, Malacca, Shirakawa-go, Phong Nha, Ha Long, Gokayama, Miyajima, Kii Mountains, Hiraizumi, Jongmyo, Intramuros, Pashupatinath, Gyeongju, Hahoe, Yangdong, Wat Phu, George Town Penang, Boudhanath, Miagao Changu Narayan, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sukhothai

China: Xian, Shenzhen, Lijiang, Macau, Fuzhou, Kaiping, Shanghai (Qibao, The Bund and others), Pingyao, Hongcun, Xidi, Beijing (Forbidden City!), Qufu, Hangzhou, Guizhou, Wudang, Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Yincu, Fujian Tulou, Mount Wutai, Dengfeng,

India: Tons of old towns and temples, check this thread (many of those are in danger sadly) for instance.



There's a whole lot to discover around the world. Check the places I just listed with Google or Wiki, it's really worth the time. Magnificence wherever you go!
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Old August 12th, 2011, 02:14 PM   #147
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Since my Rothenburg thread didn't get much attention I'll repost it here.

Today I found this absolutely amazing picture set of Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Bavaria, Germany, photographed by VT_Professor, on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vt_professor/

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Adorable shots of one of the most adorable European old towns

Danke Tiaren! Great stuff.

(Which Rothenburg thread are you talking about btw?)
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Old August 14th, 2011, 10:46 PM   #150
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(South/East) Asia: Hanoi, Galle, Vigan, Bagan (Myanmar), Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Hoi An, Kandy, Sigiriya, Patan, Nara, Luang Prabang, Haeinsa, Himeji, Kobe, Kyoto, Hue, Nikko, My Son, Ryukyu heritage, Kathmandu, Lumbini, Vientiane, Hwaseong, Bagerhat, Bhaktapur, Swayambhunath, Angkor Wat, Bulguksa, Lhasa, Changdeokgung, Malacca, Shirakawa-go, Phong Nha, Ha Long, Gokayama, Miyajima, Kii Mountains, Hiraizumi, Jongmyo, Intramuros, Pashupatinath, Gyeongju, Hahoe, Yangdong, Wat Phu, George Town Penang, Boudhanath, Miagao Changu Narayan, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sukhothai
Hue, Phong Nha, My Son and Ha Long are not old towns. Very few buildings of the old quarter of Hanoi remains today. The only old town in Vietnam per se is Hoi An.
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No way, it claims to be oldest in Western Europe (all of it but some Greek islands actually), and that's precisely because it was founded by Phoenicians, from the middle East, where urban life appeared first in the west. Damascus for instance is like 1500 years older than Cadiz, some others could be several thousands of years older, it's hard to determine when exactly urbanity started, what is generally asumed is that Europe didn't know it until Asians "spread" it.

Check out the Cucuteni-Trypillian culture. They are 7000 year old European cities, but not continuously inhabited, mostly because those cities were built out of wood rather than stone since in those regions wood is more readily available than stone.

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A city is more than a bunch of wooden houses, even if you can see in it an organisation and a jerarchy, i think. Ur in nowdays Irak is said to be the first city in the world.

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Edit: im in love with those villages in Yemen, my god what an architecture.
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Id love to wander around these places at night, so atmospheric
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A city is more than a bunch of wooden houses, even if you can see in it an organisation and a jerarchy, i think. Ur in nowdays Irak is said to be the first city in the world.

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Edit: im in love with those villages in Yemen, my god what an architecture.
The construction material is irrelevant. You build with what you got. In the middle east there aren't many large trees so they had no choice but to build from mud and stone, but like I said, that is irrelevant. What makes a city a city is the social structure and the Cucuteni settlements had 10000 to 15000 people living in homes within city walls in 5000BC (that's 7000 years ago). That requires civic organization so it fits the definition of a city.

As for the oldest city ever last I heard it was Catalhoyuk in Anatolia. It was a well established city in 7000BC, that's 9000 years ago. That is more than three thousand years older than Ur.
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Vigan, Ilocos Norte

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Silay, Negros Occidental

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Taal, Batangas

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Anyway, I recently created a list of old towns and places containing worthwhile historical structures around the world (outside of Europe). Here we go!

I didn't have the leisure to look for photos yet, but some that are worth to be mentioned:

Arabia: Sana'a, Istanbul, Palmyra, Khiva, Safranbolu, Bukhara, Shibam, Damascus, Diriyah, Edirne, Zabid, Hierapolis-Pamukkale, Heliopolis, Akko, Petra (Jordan), Bam (Iran), Cappadocia, Ardabil, Shiraz, Hatra, Samarra, Tel Aviv, Byblos, Jerusalem, Haifa, Bahla, Qasr Amra, Umm ar-Rasas, Shahrisabz, Crac des Chevaliers, Salah Ed-Din Citadel, Tyre, Divrigi, Hattusa, Kadisha, Taxila, Lahore, Thatta, Mada'in Saleh, Leptis Magna, Cyrene, Konye-Urgench, Bosra, Aleppo, Nemrud, Ortahisar, Al Ain, Xanthos, Samarkand

Africa: Fes, Rabat, Meknes, Marrakech, Ath Benhadu, Tetouan, Essaouira (Morocco in general is gorgeous!), Abu Simbel, Lamu, Zanzibar, Timbuktu, Ghardaia, La Laguna, Lalibela (crazy place), Casbah, Antananarivo, Kairouan, Sousse, Tunis, Mozambique, Cairo (only the old town), Abu Mena, Memphis, Saint-Louis (Senegal), El Djem, Thebes, Ribeira Grande, Setif, Beja/Dougga, Mombasa, Volta, Harar, Goree, Port Louis, Djenne, Ghadames, El Jadida, Mount Sinai, Tipaza

Latin America: Quito, Ouro Preto, Cusco, Havana, Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Antigua, Cienfuegos, Puebla, Xochimilco, Lima, San Miguel de Allende, Paramaribo, Willemstad, Santo Domingo, Panama, Granada (Nicaragua), Cuenca, Arequipa, Valparaiso, Diamantina, Potosi (Bolivia), Coro, Chiloe, Salvador de Bahia, Santa Cruz de Mompox, Tlacotalpan, Campeche, St. George's Town (Bermuda), Zacatecas, Morelia, Bridgetown (Barbados), Guadalajara, Sucre, Olinda, Congonhas, Camagüey, Trinidad (Cuba), Port-au-Prince, Popocatepetl, Queretaro, Colonia del Sacramento, Palenque, Chichen Itza & Teotihuacan & Caral & Uxmal & Macchu Picchu (ancient)

North America: Providence, NYC, Syracuse, Ottawa, New Orleans, Montreal, Halifax, Sitka, Nashua, Schenectady, Ketchikan, Charlottetown, Albany, Lunenburg, Pawtucket, Quebec, Savannah (Georgia), Boston, Burlington, Mount Vernon, Calgary, Windsor, Hamilton, Fredericton, Chicago & Detroit & Miami Beach & Kansas & Tulsa (Art Déco), Key West, Lowell, Rochester, Vancouver, Springfield (Massachusetts), Chestnut Hill, Stowe (Vermont), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Utica, San Francisco, La Fortaleza, New Rochelle, Ulster , Berlin (Hampshire), Toronto, Waterbury, Augusta, Portland, Peggys Cove, Montpelier, Rutland, Claremont, New Haven (CT), Worcester, Cambridge (MT), Homer (Alaska), St. Petersburg, Buffalo, Baton Rouge

Oceania: Hobart, Melbourne, Auckland, Pukerua Bay, Rapa Nui, Wellington, Hobart, Sydney

(South/East) Asia: Hanoi, Galle, Vigan, Bagan (Myanmar), Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Hoi An, Kandy, Sigiriya, Patan, Nara, Luang Prabang, Haeinsa, Himeji, Kobe, Kyoto, Hue, Nikko, My Son, Ryukyu heritage, Kathmandu, Lumbini, Vientiane, Hwaseong, Bagerhat, Bhaktapur, Swayambhunath, Angkor Wat, Bulguksa, Lhasa, Changdeokgung, Malacca, Shirakawa-go, Phong Nha, Ha Long, Gokayama, Miyajima, Kii Mountains, Hiraizumi, Jongmyo, Intramuros, Pashupatinath, Gyeongju, Hahoe, Yangdong, Wat Phu, George Town Penang, Boudhanath, Miagao Changu Narayan, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sukhothai

China: Xian, Shenzhen, Lijiang, Macau, Fuzhou, Kaiping, Shanghai (Qibao, The Bund and others), Pingyao, Hongcun, Xidi, Beijing (Forbidden City!), Qufu, Hangzhou, Guizhou, Wudang, Sichuan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Yincu, Fujian Tulou, Mount Wutai, Dengfeng,

India: Tons of old towns and temples, check this thread (many of those are in danger sadly) for instance.



There's a whole lot to discover around the world. Check the places I just listed with Google or Wiki, it's really worth the time. Magnificence wherever you go!
Nice list, but a few of these are just ruins in the middle of nowhere.

BTW these could be added under Africa - Gondar, Cape Town and Cape Coast. Djibouti too has some nice colonial stuff.


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As for the oldest city ever last I heard it was Catalhoyuk in Anatolia. It was a well established city in 7000BC, that's 9000 years ago. That is more than three thousand years older than Ur.
Jericho dates back 11000 years and Damascus 9000.
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Jericho dates back 11000 years and Damascus 9000.


The oldest human settlement ever found is Gobekli Tepe, almost 12,000 years old. Of course, earlier civilizations could have built more sophisticated urban centres but they were made of woods, bamboo or mud so nothing remains today.
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Neither Catalhoyuk nor Gobekli Tepe last very long though, Jericho and Damascus are still inhabited.
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