Like all living things, cities have lifespans.
Some, like Paris, are ancient — over 2,000 years old. Others are adolescent in comparison.
Here are the maps, paintings, and old-time photographs that show the journeys of our greatest cities.
Drake Baer contributed to an earlier version of this story.
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The Topkapı Palace in Istanbul.
The Galata Bridge in the late 1800s.
London's Trafalgar Square in 1814.
The National Library of France
A 1902 map of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
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