What is a classic city? It is one that has a great amount of stellar preservation of not only historical buildings but also traditional culture. The sights are well rehabilitated, aesthetic often and may be UNESCO heritage sites.
Celebration of traditional music, dance, costumes, great heroes, events and even literature in museums or living festivals helps to make the human dimension come alive to the associated historical buildings and locations.
As the wrecking crews of some developers have done serious damage be it to cities like Toronto, even one could argue in neighbourhoods of Beijing and well beyond, preserving and celebrating heritage has become more important.
Why? Because as the connections between the past and telling us who we are disappear, so does an important part of our local to global soul. And the lack of remaining historical buildings rhymes with the sadness and depreciation of species and increased awareness of maintaining the limited that is left of our past great journey of our own species.
As I have extensively travelled, to say the least, my direct impressions here may stimulate your own visits or even feedback on what classic cities are dear to you.
11. Penang, Malaysia
13. Cairo and the Nile
16. Athens and Greece
18.Bogota and Cartagena Colombia
19.Montreal, and Quebec City Canada
20.St.Petersburg and environs, Russia
I have no doubt missed some great ones such as in southern Turkey, Syria, possibly the Philippines and in Southern Africa and Korea like Kyongju
Most unappreciated countries with great historical gems include Colombia, Malaysia, Iran, probably Cuba and various other Latin American or even smaller size North American cities. And don’t forget Florida, Boston , Newport, Charleston and San Francisco and Chicago or Russian cities like Sochi where the winter Kympucs took place and where you find close by high snow peaks of the gorgeous Cauvus mountains..
See what list you come up with and why. And share it on my or your Facebook.
Good travels be they actual visits or ones through multimedia. They will likely expand your mind and sense of wonderment about what our ancestors accomplished with so much less technology than many places have today.