The World's Most Popular Cities And How They Used To Look Centuries Ago!

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The cities most people live in were not the places they are now. There were deaths, battles, epidemics and all sort of things that shaped how it turned out. Do you know where the famous cities got their names from and who the original settlers were? Well, in this list, we put together the old and new versions of some of the world famous cities with pictures. Enjoy!


1. Rio de Janeiro was founded by Portugese colonists in 1565.

Guanabara Bay is Brazil's second largest bay, and at the same time one of the most attractive places.

In 1711, the city expanded.

Despite this, it is still one of the most fascinating cities in the world.

2. A Dutch fur trading settlement was founded on the southern tip of Manhattan in 1614, which became known as New Amsterdam in 1625. The following year, the Dutch purchased the island of Manhattan from the Lenape Indian tribe for the nominal fee of 60 guilders. In 1664 the Dutch surrendered the fledgling city of New Amsterdam to the English without a fight. It was renamed New York and the city grew in importance as a trading port while under British rule.

The picture here is Manhattan, which was still named New Amsterdam in 1651.

Between 1870 and 1915, the population of New York increased from 1.5 million to 5 million. In this photograph taken in 1900, Italian refugees are filling Mulberry Street.

So, in the city, infrastructure studies started to meet the developing population. The Manhattan bridge, pictured in 1909, is an example of this development.

According to the 2013 census, a total of 8.4 million people live in 5 New York cities.

3. The earliest archaeological signs of settlements in the Paris area date from over 6,000 years ago. The Parisii, a Celtic tribe, inhabited the area near the river Seine from around 250 BC.

This settlement was Île de la Cité located in Notre Dame.

The Parisians had really cute money, you can see it in the picture too. Right now they're in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In the 1400s, when this painting was made, Paris was one of the largest cities in Europe. Behind the walls are the 'Palais de la Cité', located in Île de la Cité.

It's one of the most popular cities in the world right now.

4. Located in Shanghai's Huangpu River, this dock has become a global financial center towards the end of the 1800's.

The old Shanghai city you see in this photo was completed with castle ditches.

It was an alive city. Its commercial success led this fishing village to be called "Pearl of the East."

In 1987, the Pudong district in Shanghai was far from development.

At the beginning of the 1990s, Pudong was opened to foreign investors.

The region developed rapidly.

Today, the Quay Zone is one of the most beautiful places in China.

Pudong is also one of the most modern.

5. The history of Istanbul generally begins around 660 BC, when the settlers from Megara, under the command of King Byzas, established Byzantium on the European side of the Bosphorus.

In 1453, Constantinople was declared the new capital of the Ottoman Empire, which lasted until 1922, and was transformed from a bastion of Christianity to a symbol of Islamic culture.

Today, the megacity of Istanbul is home to a population of 13.5 million and is the only metropolis in the world situated on two continents (Europe and Asia).

Istanbul is today the cultural capital of Turkey.

6. Although there is evidence of Celtic Iron Age dwellings around London, the first major settlement, Londinium, was founded by the Romans in 43 AD.

During the Tudor period, monopoly trading companies such as the East India Company were established and London became the principal North Sea port as trade expanded to the New World.

Westminster Abbey was founded in the 10th century. It is one of the oldest and most important structures of London with being among the World Heritage sites.

Here is a painting made in 1749.

he Great Fire of London broke out in 1666 and quickly swept through the city’s wooden buildings, leading to them being rebuilt in stone. London, as the heart of the British Empire, was the world’s largest city during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

During the Georgian period between 1714 and 1830, new regions such as Mayfair were constructed. The new bridges built on the Thames also helped Southern London develop.

The city began to slowly reach its present global empire.

7. Mexico was founded by the Aztecs in 1325.

The Spanish explorer Hernán Cortés stepped foot here in 1519 and soon conquered it.

A network system was established in Mexico City as it was in most colonized Spanish cities. By the 16th century, the Zocalo was considered the main square.

Towards the end of the 19th century, an improved infrastructure was set up in the city. Unfortunately, wealthy people benefited more from this structure, which included roads, schools and public transport facilities.

Mexico started to grow in the 1950s, especially after the construction of Torre Latinoamericana.

Torre Latinoamericana is the city's first skyscraper.

Today, Mexico is a lively city that hosts more than 8.9 million people.

8. Moscow was founded in the 12th century. Since the 17th century, it was ruled by the Tsars.

The city developed around the Moskva river.

Street vendors lined up around the Kremlin.

The construction of the world famous Cathedral of St. Vasil was completed in 1561. Still, the visitors are fascinated by the historical atmosphere.

Moscow becomes more contemporary every year.

9. Today, the area around Johannesburg originally hosted the San Tribe. They are thought to have lived as hunters and gatherers 20 thousand years ago.

In the thirteenth century, small villagers, farms and mines started to be established the Bandits entering the region.

The gold basin called Witwatersrand was discovered in 1884 and became a frequent destination for many Europeans. Today it is known as the region with the world's largest gold reserves.

Back then, the name of the city was Johannesburg. Historians don't know the reason, because of the disappearance of any document containing information about the city's history.

In the 1900's, 100,000 people lived here.

Today, it hosts more than 4.4 million people and is the largest city in South Africa.

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