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13 of the Wealthiest Cities in History

Let’s peer through time and look at 13 of the wealthiest cities in history. We’ve all heard stories, read books and seen movies on some of the richest cities of time past. Even today with a lot of wealthy cities of the modern world, a lot of them can’t compare to the vast riches that cities in history have once possessed. Some of these cities were the centerpiece of their respective civilizations and were the envy of a lot of other places in the world. The wealth they acquired could be due to different means, like trading, conquest, and even exploration.

Wealth during the past times may also be different than our perspective of wealth today. Some cities in history measured the amount of property they had rather than currency. For others it was gold, silver, and treasures. Today we often see wealth and money in investments, real estate, and stocks. The Top 10 Richest Cities in the World may or may not be close to the wealth the cities on this list has. This is all depending on your perspective. Whether or not these cities are richer, one cannot doubt that the ones listed here have had a big impact during their time.

What cities do you think make it on this list? You might have heard of a lot of these cities before. Let’s learn more and go through this list of 13:

13. Angkor

Now more known as a tourist destination in Southeast Asia, Angkor was once the capital of the Khmer Empire and hosted a few of the most unique architectural sights in Southeast Asia. There are thousands of temples and monuments in the area that are dim reflections of a once glorious city.

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