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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.
Historical Centre of Verona in Italy.

The old town of a city or 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 named old town (and this is sometimes construed as a proper noun and capitalized). This is a list of some famous old towns:

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AfricaEdit

AsiaEdit

BangladeshEdit

ChinaEdit

IndiaEdit

JapanEdit

MalaysiaEdit

PakistanEdit

PhilippinesEdit

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

South KoreaEdit

SyriaEdit

UzbekistanEdit

VietnamEdit

EuropeEdit

BulgariaEdit

CroatiaEdit

Czech RepublicEdit

CyprusEdit

DenmarkEdit

EstoniaEdit

FinlandEdit

FranceEdit

 
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:

GeorgiaEdit

GermanyEdit

 
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:

GreeceEdit

IrelandEdit

ItalyEdit

 
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:

LatviaEdit

LithuaniaEdit

MontenegroEdit

NetherlandsEdit

PolandEdit

PortugalEdit

RomaniaEdit

SerbiaEdit

SlovakiaEdit

SpainEdit

Other notable/famous old towns include:

SwedenEdit

TurkeyEdit

UkraineEdit

United KingdomEdit

EnglandEdit

ScotlandEdit

Overseas territoriesEdit

Middle EastEdit

North AmericaEdit

CanadaEdit

United StatesEdit

CaliforniaEdit

FloridaEdit

  • 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 CarolinaEdit

TennesseeEdit

Other US statesEdit

South AmericaEdit

ArgentinaEdit

ColombiaEdit

CubaEdit

Dominican RepublicEdit

EcuadorEdit

  • Quito´s Historic Center has one of the largest, least-altered and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.[2] 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.

Puerto RicoEdit

UruguayEdit

Other usesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Neighbourhood: Old Town". Tourism Toronto. Retrieved September 6, 2016. 
  2. ^ "City of Quito - UNESCO World Heritage". Whc.unesco.org. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 

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