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12 Ancient Cities Still Alive and Well Today

11. Athens, Greece
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This jewel of ancient learning and culture is actually a relative newcomer on the world stage of cities. Its classical ruins and well-known history are amazing, but the city-state’s development only began about 1,400 BC. Today’s Athens is crowded. The old ruins seem somehow like stage sets, oh, so familiar.

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