Erbil, Kurdistan is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in history. The first mention of Erbil in literary sources comes from the archives of Ebla, recording two journeys to Erbil (Irbilum) by a messenger from Ebla around 2300 BC. Later, Erridupizir, king of Gutium, captured the city in 2200 BC. It was an integral part of Assyria from around 2500 BC until 605 BC, and it remained part of Assyria under Persian, Greek, Parthian, Roman and Sassanid rule.
Kowloon Walled City wаs а fоrmеr Chinese military fоrt turned intо lаrgеly ungoverned sеttlеmеnt in Kowloon, Hong Kong. 33,000 families usеd tо live in 300 buildings. Kowloon Walled City wаs cоmplеtеlу dеmоlishеd in April 1994.
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At its peak, the Kowloon Walled City was home to 33,000 people in just two hectares of land—the size of about two rugby fields—making it the densest place on Earth at the time. It was a hastily put together conglomerate of tiny apartments, one on top of the other, caged balconies slapped onto the sides and connected through a labyrinth of damp, dark corridors.
Ghadames, Libya Photograph by George Steinmetz Tight clusters of traditional mud-brick-and-palm houses have stood for centuries in Ghadames, a pre-Roman oasis town in the Sahara. Rooftop walkways allowed women to move freely, concealed from men’s view. Credit: National Geographic.