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Zurich: The City In The Alps

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Zurich

Overview

 

The Earliest known settlements in the Zurich region date back to the 5th century BC. The city has its historical roots in the Roman conquest of The Alps. A military base called Lidenhof was built in 15BC; it was a main transit point for this region of the empire. Roman rule ended in about 400 AD and for the next few centuries there is no definite record of (more…)

Varna: The Sea Capital Of Bulgaria

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Varna

Overview

 

The earliest known evidence of human settlement in Varna date back to over 100,000 years ago, the earliest evidence of civilisation is presented by ancient Thracian tombstones dated to about 6000 years ago. Some of the oldest known golden objects on the Planet come from these ancient sites. For the next 5000 years so the city was settled by the Thracians (more…)

Minsk

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Minsk

Overview

 

The city of Minsk was first recognised in the year 1067 and is thought to have grown out of a cluster of villages of at least two centuries old. The name “Minsk” is steeped in a mixture of legend and geography. The original settlement was located on the River Menka, southwest of modern Minsk. The city of Minsk only escaped Mongol invasion around 1237-39 by (more…)

Florence: The City of Piazzas

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Florence

Overview

 

The area we know as Florence was settled as early as 3000 years ago, by a tribe called the Etruscans, about whom we know very little. We do know that Etruscan civilisation along with all others in the Italian mainland were subjugated or in direct conflict with by an emergent Rome by the 3rd century BC. In 59 BC Julius Caesar established the garrison town of (more…)

Dublin

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Dublin

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The earliest known settlements in the region we now call Dublin date back approximately 2000 years. In the mid-8th century the Vikings attacked and permanently settled the region and the city we now call Dublin became the largest settlement in the Viking Empire. Its strategic location enabling it to flourish as the city traded from what is now Iceland to what is (more…)

Cairo: A North African Ternal City?

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Cairo

Overview

 

Modern Cairo was founded in the 10th century, but its origins are traced back to the Ancient Egyptian city of Memphis, which was founded approximately 6000 years ago. The city is located just south of the head of the River Nile Delta. The city’s location ensured its historical pedigree as a centre of Islamic power and culture and was recognised as such (more…)

Edinburgh

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Edinburgh

History

 

Edinburgh can boast a history which stretches back to at least the Bronze Age. The iconic peak of Arthurs Seat is probably one of the oldest settlement sites in Scotland. In the 12th century King David 1 founded the city of royal burgh and by the 14th century it was recognised as the capital of Scotland. During the reign of King James III (1451-88) it was (more…)

Ho Chi-Minh: Vietnams Second City

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Ho Chi Minh

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In 1623 Ho Chi Min City was originally a small port town called Prey Nokor, situated on the Mekong Delta and was originally part of Cambodia. Over the next 75 years thousands of Vietnamese migrated from all over the country to settle in and around the growing port. In 1698 the city was absorbed by the ruling dynasty of Vietnam (the Nguyens) and became (more…)

Johannesburg: The Hub Of South Africa

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Johannasburg

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The area around Johannesburg has been inhabited and settled for thousands of years and is one of the few cities on the planet not situated on some kind of navigable waterway. The city of Johannesburg was established in the later years of the 19th century with the discovery of gold and the Witwatersrand reef in 1886. The discovery acted as a huge magnet to (more…)

Kiev: The City On The Dnieper

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Kiev

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The earliest confirmed human settlements in the region of modern Kiev date back to approximately 30,000 years ago, the late Palaeolithic. The city itself is historically recognised to have been founded in the years between 5th and 6th century AD. Situated on the right bank of the River Dnieper Kiev was originally a fortified settlement which protected residents (more…)