Old Town

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Stralsund in Germany, an Altstadt regarded World Heritage status by UNESCO. European old towns are easily recognizable by their density, small alleys and buildings from different eras, often even going back to Gothic times.
Traditional houses with the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Cross in the background, walled city of Nicosia
A typical street in the old town of Limassol

Old Town is the typical designation of a historic or original core of a city or town. Although the city may be larger in its present form, many cities have redesignated this part of the city to commemorate its origins after thorough renovations. There are many places throughout the world named Old Town, including:

Africa[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Tanzania/Zanzibar[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Asia[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

China[edit]

India[edit]

Japan[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Philippines[edit]


Tibet[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Europe[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Finland[edit]

Georgia[edit]

Germany[edit]

Further information: Altstadt
Old town (Altstadt) of Regensburg in Bavaria, a World Heritage site
Hanseatic old town of Lübeck, aerial view
Old town of Quedlinburg
Wittenberg during Luthers Hochzeit festival

Other notable/famous old towns include:

Greece[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Italy[edit]

Latvia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Sweden[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

England[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Middle East[edit]

Israel[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Palestine[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Syria[edit]

Yemen[edit]

North America[edit]

United States[edit]

California[edit]

Florida[edit]

  • Old Town, Florida, a town in Dixie County, not to be confused with the one in Orlando
  • Old Town Fernandina, Fernandina Beach, Florida; the last town in the Western Hemisphere to be platted according to the Spanish "Law of the Indies" in 1811; named for King Ferdinand VII
  • Old Town, Key West, the historic section of the city of Key West, Florida
  • Old Town, an amusement park/shopping center in Kissimmee, Florida

North Carolina[edit]

Tennessee[edit]

Other US states[edit]

South America[edit]

Argentina[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

  • Quito´s Historic Center has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.[1] This center was, together with the historic centre of Kraków in Poland, the first to be declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 18 September 1978. The Historic Centre of Quito is located in the center south of the capital on an area of 320 hectares (790 acres), and is considered one of the most important historic areas in Latin America.There are about 130 monumental buildings (which hosts a variety of pictorial art and sculpture, mostly of religious inspired in a multi-faceted range of schools and styles) and 5,000 properties registered in the municipal inventory of heritage properties.

Uruguay[edit]

Other uses[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "City of Quito - UNESCO World Heritage". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Old towns at Wikimedia Commons