Old town

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Stralsund in Germany, an Altstadt regarded World Heritage Site 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.
The medieval timed old town of Porvoo in Finland, along the Porvoonjoki river in summer time.
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.
Historical Centre of Verona in Italy.

In a city or town, the old town is its historic or original core. Although the city is usually 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 referred to as the old town (and this is sometimes construed as a proper noun and capitalized). This is a list of some famous old towns:

Africa[edit]

Algeria[edit]

Egypt[edit]

Kenya[edit]

Morocco[edit]

Niger[edit]

Tanzania/Zanzibar[edit]

Tunisia[edit]

Asia and the Pacific[edit]

Bangladesh[edit]

China[edit]

Fiji[edit]

  • Historical Port Town of Levuka

India[edit]

The Stadhuis is an old building in Jakarta Old Town.
Keraton Kanoman is one of the oldest buildings in the historic town of Cirebon.

Indonesia[edit]

Japan[edit]

Malaysia[edit]

Pakistan[edit]

Philippines[edit]

Philippines as the former colony of Spain has numerous heritage structures, most notably in:

South Korea[edit]

Syria[edit]

Thailand[edit]

Rank of Sino-Portuguese shophouses on both sides road in Phraeng Phuthon of Sam Phraeng within Rattanakosin Island

Uzbekistan[edit]

Vietnam[edit]

Europe[edit]

Austria[edit]

Old Town Salzburg across the Salzach river
Old town of Innsbruck

UNESCO World Heritage old towns in Austria:

Other notable/famous old towns include:

Belgium[edit]

Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

Bulgaria[edit]

Croatia[edit]

Czech Republic[edit]

Cyprus[edit]

Denmark[edit]

Estonia[edit]

Finland[edit]

France[edit]

The Old Town of Albi, a UNESCO World Heritage site
The old city of Besançon and the meander of the Doubs River.

The equivalent of "Old Town" in French is vieille ville, although the more formal centre historique ("historical center") is usually written on road signs.

UNESCO World Heritage old towns in France:

Other notable/famous old towns include:

Georgia[edit]

Germany[edit]

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
Old town of Würzburg

Other notable/famous old towns include:

Greece[edit]

Italy[edit]

Old town of Siena
Historic Centre of Rome
Venice as seen from the air
Old town of Urbino
Vernazza, one of the towns of Cinque Terre in Liguria, Italy
Skyline of Assisi

I Borghi più belli d'Italia is an association of small Italian towns of historical interest.

Other notable old towns include:

Latvia[edit]

Lithuania[edit]

Montenegro[edit]

Netherlands[edit]

The standard term for 'Old Town' in the Netherlands is "binnenstad", which translates as "innercity", i.e. in city on the inside of the city walls.

Norway[edit]

Poland[edit]

Portugal[edit]

Romania[edit]

Serbia[edit]

Slovakia[edit]

Spain[edit]

Other notable/famous old towns include:

Sweden[edit]

Switzerland[edit]

Turkey[edit]

Ukraine[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

England[edit]

Scotland[edit]

Overseas territories[edit]

Middle East[edit]

Israel and Palestine[edit]

Lebanon[edit]

Saudi Arabia[edit]

Syria[edit]

Yemen[edit]

North America[edit]

Canada[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Dominican Republic[edit]

Mexico[edit]

Panama[edit]

Puerto Rico[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]

Brazil[edit]

Northeast[edit]

Historic center of Salvador

Center-West[edit]

Southeast[edit]

Pátio do Colégio (left) and surrounding historic buildings in São Paulo

South[edit]

Colombia[edit]

Ecuador[edit]

Uruguay[edit]

Other uses[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Staro jezgro Zrenjanina proglašeno za zaštićenu prostorno kulturno-istorijsku celinu". 17 June 2021.
  2. ^ "Neighbourhood: Old Town". Tourism Toronto. Retrieved 6 September 2016.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Old towns at Wikimedia Commons