The Most Ancient European Towns Network is a working group of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded in 1994, with the idea coming from the town of Argos in Greece, presented to the European Union. The group exists to discuss issues such as archaeological research, tourism and incorporating monuments into urban planning.
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Argos is a city and a former municipality in Argolis, Peloponnese, Greece. It is 11 kilometres (7 miles) from Nafplion, which was its historic harbour. A settlement of great antiquity, Argos has been continuously inhabited as at least a substantial village for the past 7,000 years.
Béziers is a town in Languedoc in southern France. Béziers hosts the famous Feria de Béziers, centred on bullfighting, every August. A million visitors are attracted to the five-day event. The town is located on a small bluff above the river Orb, about 10 km (6.2 mi) from the Mediterranean. At Béziers the Canal du Midi spans the river Orb as an aqueduct called the Pont-canal de l’Orb. claimed to be the first of its kind.
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Cádiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe. Despite its unique site, on a narrow slice of land surrounded by the sea‚ Cádiz is, in most respects, a typically Andalusian city with a wealth of attractive vistas and well-preserved historical landmarks.
Colchester, United Kingdom
Colchester is an historic town and the largest settlement within the borough of Colchester in Essex, England. As the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Colchester is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain. Colchester is home to Colchester Castle and houses several museums.
Cork is a city in Ireland. It is located in the South-West Region and in the province of Munster. The city is built on the River Lee which divides into two channels at the western end of the city. The city centre is located on the island created by the channels. Cork features architecturally notable buildings originating from the Medieval to Modern periods.
Évora is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Due to its well-preserved old town centre, still partially enclosed by medieval walls, and a large number of monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple, Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city of Évora is marked by the historic square in the Praça do Geraldo, where King Duarte constructed the Estaus Palace.
Maastricht is a town and a municipality in the southeast of the Netherlands. Maastricht is located on both sides of the Meuse river, at the point where the Jeker River joins it. Maastricht’s rich history shows from the fact that in this town no fewer than 1677 national heritage sites are located. Furthermore, it has become known, by way of the Maastricht Treaty, as the birthplace of the European Union, European citizenship, and the single European currency, the euro.
Roskilde located 30 km (19 mi) west of Copenhagen on the Danish island of Zealand, is the main city in Roskilde Municipality. Roskilde has a long history, dating from the pre-Christian Viking Age. Its UNESCO-listed Gothic cathedral, now housing 39 tombs of the Danish monarchs. The old town of Roskilde is centred around the main square, Stændertorvet, just south of the cathedral.
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