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 10 Most Influential Cities In History That Have Shaped Our Current World.

10. Tokyo
Formerly known as Edo, Tokyo has been Japan’s most important city for nearly five hundred years. What’s even more impressive is that its incredible rise to an elite global metropolis was driven by its remarkable recovery from the ruins and ashes of World War II. Japanese companies and their famously hard-working staff were responsible for an “economic miracle” that by the end of the 1980s had turned Japan into one of the richest nations and Tokyo into the high-tech capital of the world.
9. Moscow
Moscow gradually grew around the Kremlin, beginning in the fourteenth century. It was the capital of Great Russia from 1340 to 1547 and then the Tsardom of Russia until 1712, when the capital was moved to Saint Petersburg. It also became the capital of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1917, which then became the Soviet Union (1922–1991), and since 1991 has served as the capital of the Russian Federation.
8. London
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.

7. Cairo
The origins of present-day Cairo can be traced back to the Egyptian capital of Memphis, which is believed to have been founded in the early fourth millennium BC near the head of the Nile delta, south of the present city. The city spread to the north along the east bank of the Nile, and its location has commanded political power ever since.
6. Berlin
Berlin, Germany’s capital and cultural center, dates to the thirteenth century and reached its peak during World War II when Hitler used it as the base of the Nazi regime. It remains one of the most economically powerful cities in the world but is better known for its art scene, nightlife, and modern architecture than anything else.

5. Paris
Paris has been the center of European culture and fashion since the Middle Ages. The city influenced modern Europe like no other,and remains to this day the most visited city in the world. Finally, during the Enlightenment and the French Revolution Paris became one of the global centers of social and political ideas that changed the world and keep influencing it to this day.
4. Constantinople
With a history of thousands of years Constantinople, founded by the ancient Greeks as Byzantion and which is today known as Istanbul, experienced its most glorious days as the capital of the vast Byzantine Empire. The city was known for its architectural masterpieces such as the Greek Orthodox cathedral Hagia Sophia, which served as the seat of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and the sacred Imperial Palace where the Byzantine emperors resided.
3. Babylon
Located about sixty miles south of Baghdad in modern-day Iraq, the ancient city of Babylon served for nearly two millennia as a center of Mesopotamian civilization. Hammurabi, one of its early rulers, created the first recorded system of laws, while in later times the Babylonian language would be used across the Middle East as a way of communicating across borders. Another of the city’s great accomplishments, according to legend, was the construction of the Hanging Gardens, a wonder of the ancient world, which some believe was built by the biblical king Nebuchadnezzar II.
2. Rome
Rome is synonymous with the most famous empire in human history, lasting for hundreds of years and dominating most of the known world of antiquity. It is also the home of Catholicism and the pope’s base, with millions of religious tourists visiting every year.

1. Athens
Birthplace of Western civilization, Athens is the most influential city ever in the fields of philosophy, architecture, politics, science, and free thinking, as well as the original home of what is considered the most ideal system of government: democracy. Athens also became the first city to organize the first modern Olympics back in 1896. Some of its most famous citizens include giants such as Socrates, Plato, Solon, and Pericles.

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