If we were to ask you “which cities you think are the most influential cities in history” which would you pick? More than likely we’d probably come to roughly the same conclusion seeing as these cities would influence all of us (or at least most of us). Influential cities such as Athens, Jerusalem, Rome, New York, Paris, and London, have always been a magnet for art and culture, wealth, and large populations. But to rank history’s most influential cities isn’t an easy task. In order to calculate a city’s global influence throughout history, you have to take into account a range of factors, which is why there are many cities listed below that have had and continue to have a unique impact on the world. As the great tragedian Euripides said, “The first requisite to happiness is that a man be born in a famous city,” OK maybe is not the first requirement for happiness…maybe is not a requirement at all, but it sure is cool to say you are from Rome, New York, Alexandria or any other city on this list. So if you’re ready to learn about some of the most influential cities humanity has ever seen, we present you with 25 Most Influential Cities In History That Have Shaped Our Current World.
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London was the capital of the vast British Empire that lasted for over three hundred years, bringing more disparate parts of the world under European power than any other city. Home of the Royal Society and modern science, London has been one of the most influential cities in the world for the past half millennium.
Florence, capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and birthplace of the Renaissance, is home to masterpieces of modern art and architecture. One of its most iconic sites is the Florence Cathedral, which is considered one of the most gorgeous man-made constructions in the world.
The earliest recorded mention of Dubai is in 1095 in the Book of Geography by the Andalusian-Arab geographer Abu Abdullah al-Bakri. It is believed that the city was covered with sand for over five thousand years. During the twentieth century, however, the city became one of the most powerful economically speaking, and has also become known for its skyscrapers and high-rises, in particular the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many empires that have left behind a plethora of monuments to the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. It hasn’t always been India’s capital, but it has played a pivotal part in Indian history. It has always been a gateway city, built on the plains initially near a fording point on the Yamuna River and on the route between western and central Asia and Southeast Asia. It’s also believed to be the site of the fabled city of Indraprastha, which featured in the Mahabharata over three thousand years ago.
Legend has it that on a journey from Mecca, the Prophet Mohammed cast his gaze on Damascus but refused to enter the city because he wanted to enter paradise only once—when he died. In this city of legends, which vies for the title of the world’s oldest continually inhabited city, this is but one of thousands of stories.