Cities that are now the bustling hub of finance, culture, tourism, art and craft were once so different and unrecognizable but still amazing, here we’re sharing images of some of the world’s biggest, known and bustling cities that back in the days were having their own struggles and were taking on the journey of becoming the best-known cities in the world.
New York was colonized by the Dutch settlers in early 17th century, and it had a different name; “New Amsterdam” and was renamed New York city NYC in 1664.
This photo taken in 1900 shows Italian immigrants crowding the Mulberry street
The history of Paris goes back to 2,000 years, the first settlers came around 250 BC.
The early Parisians used these coins
The city of Shanghai (China) developed during the Qing dynasty in the 17th century.
The central city of Shanghai back in the 1800s
Istanbul (Turkey) was founded in 660 BCE and was conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1453.
Topkapi Palace at the time of the Ottomans
Istanbul in the late 1800s
Romans founded London in 43 AD.
London by the 11th century
Trafalgar Square in 1814
Mexico city was founded by the Aztecs in 1325.
Mexico city in the 16th century
Moscow was founded in the 12th century.
Moscow during the 16th century
The St. Basil’s cathedral was completed in 1561