Former Largest Cities

Formerly was among the largest cities in the world.

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Ahwar of Southern Iraq Uruk: "At its height c. 2900 BC, Uruk probably had 50,000–80,000 residents living in 6 km2 (2.32 sq mi) of walled area; making it the largest city in the world at the time." (wiki). Eridu was the largest City around 3700 with 6000-10000.
Ancient Merv Around 1150 A.D.
Ancient Thebes Largest city around 2000 B.C.
Babylon It has been estimated that Babylon was the largest city in the world c. 1770 – c. 1670 BC, and again c. 612 – c. 320 BC (wiki)
Carthage Around 300 B.C.
Cordoba From 920-1000 A.D.
Gyeongju During the Unified Silla period (618AD to 918AD), Gyeonju's peak population likely reached 1,000,000 inhabitants (wiki)
Imperial Palace Beijing, 1425-1625
Istanbul From 350-550 A.D.
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor Chang’an (Xi’an) had around 400,000 inhabitants between 200 and 100 BC
Moenjodaro possibly the largest city around 2400 BC with around 40000 inhabitants
Pyramids (Memphis) Memphis was largest city from 3100 B.C. to 2800 B.C.
Rome From 0-300 A.D.
Susa possibly the largest city around 3500 BC.
Teotihuacan 150-450 AD
Tower of London London, 1820-1915
West Lake Hangzhou had around a Million inhabitants between 1200 and 1400.
Yin Xu Around 1300 B.C.
Çatalhöyük with a good probability the worlds largest city around 7000 BC with an estimate of 5000-10000 inhabitants.


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