Amazing images of the world's greatest cities before they were cities

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Istanbul in the 19th century.

Like all living things, cities have lifespans.

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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.