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Biggest Cities of Europe in 1000 AD with a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the most populous cities in Europe with an estimated population of over 7,000 in 1000 AD?
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Sources used for population estimates listed in this Pastebin.
Both historical and modern-day names accepted.
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Population
Cities
450k
Qurtubah
(Córdoba)
300k
Constantinople
(Istanbul)
90k
Isbiliyyah
(Seville)
80k
Thessalonike
(Thessaloniki)
75k
Balarm
(Palermo)
45k
Kijev
(Kyiv)
45k
Venetia
(Venice)
40k
Ohrid
35k
Amalphia
(Amalfi)
35k
Madinat al-Mariyyah
(Almería)
35k
Roma
(Rome)
33k
Qartagannah al-Halfa
(Cartagena)
31k
Tulaytulah
(Toledo)
30k
Bilär
(Bilyarsk)
30k
Maridah
(Mérida)
30k
Mediolanum
(Milan)
30k
Neapolis
(Naples)
25k
Bolghar
(Bolgar)
22k
Madinat Ilbirah
(Atarfe)
21k
Colonia
(Cologne)
20k
Černigov
(Chernihiv)
20k
Gayyan
(Jaén)
20k
Madinat Mayurqah
(Palma de Mallorca)
20k
Philippopolis
(Plovdiv)
19k
Mursiyyah
(Murcia)
Population
Cities
19k
Saris
(Jerez de la Frontera)
18k
Burgos
18k
Istiggah
(Écija)
17k
Madinat al-Zahra
17k
Malaqah
(Málaga)
17k
Prespa
(Agios Achillios)
17k
Rhegion
(Reggio Calabria)
17k
Salernum
(Salerno)
16k
Batalyaws
(Badajoz)
16k
Verona
15k
Al-Usbunah
(Lisbon)
15k
Athenae
(Athens)
15k
Bayyasah
(Baeza)
15k
Ber
(Veria)
15k
Kostur
(Kastoria)
15k
Legio
(León)
15k
Lundenburh
(London)
15k
Novgorod
(Veliky Novgorod)
15k
Paris
15k
Prisdriana
(Prizren)
13k
Bardenwig
(Bardowick)
13k
Bollonia
(Bologna)
13k
Papia
(Pavia)
12k
Atil
(Samosdelka)
12k
Ravenna
Population
Cities
12k
Rothomago
(Rouen)
11k
Ianua
(Genoa)
11k
Mantua
10k
Anchialos
(Pomorie)
10k
Bělgorod-Kijevskij
(Bilohorodka)
10k
Burdegala
(Bordeaux)
10k
Chandax
(Heraklion)
10k
Lawraqah
(Lorca)
10k
Monembasia
(Monemvasia)
10k
Praga
(Prague)
10k
Preslav
(Veliki Preslav)
10k
Strigonium
(Esztergom)
10k
Suar
(Pokrovka)
10k
Tolosa
(Toulouse)
10k
Wintanceaster
(Winchester)
9k
Beneventum
(Benevento)
9k
Pereiaslavl'-Russkij
(Pereiaslav)
9k
Jumne
(Wolin)
9k
Portucale
(Porto)
9k
Treveris
(Trier)
9k
Turones
(Tours)
8k
Atrabatis
(Arras)
8k
Balansiyyah
(Valencia)
8k
Barbastar
(Barbastro)
8k
Brixia
(Brescia)
Population
Cities
8k
Eurvic
(York)
8k
Lindcylene
(Lincoln)
8k
Magontia
(Mainz)
8k
Masinah
(Messina)
8k
Patavium
(Padua)
8k
Polotesk
(Polotsk)
8k
Remis
(Reims)
8k
Turtusah
(Tortosa)
8k
Vienni
(Vienna)
8k
Vyšgorod
(Vyshhorod)
7k
Balis
(Vélez-Málaga)
7k
Belegradhon
(Belgrade)
7k
Florentia
(Florence)
7k
Khersonesos
(Sevastopol)
7k
Lugdunum
(Lyon)
7k
Massilia
(Marseille)
7k
Methis
(Metz)
7k
Mosynopolis
(Komotini)
7k
Placentia
(Piacenza)
7k
Reganespurg
(Regensburg)
7k
Saraqustah
(Zaragoza)
7k
Sugdea
(Sudak)
7k
Tmutorokan
(Taman)
7k
Tsouida
(Sliven)
7k
Wasqah
(Huesca)
9 Comments
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Level 55
Dec 16, 2023
Major update (16/12/23):

- City data redone, resulting in a lot of new additions and more accurate population estimates. Sources for this can be found in the Pastebin link in the caveats.

- Revamped map: including clearer distinction between subjects and independent nations, corrected coastlines and the complete hell to draw that is early Irish feudalism.

+5
Level 55
Feb 6, 2022
Great quiz! Nominated! :)
+4
Level 55
Feb 6, 2022
Thanks!
+2
Level 72
Apr 29, 2022
Really good quiz. Any reason why Burgas isn't accepted as a type in though?
+2
Level 55
Apr 29, 2022
Thanks! This was a mistake with the type-ins which has now been fixed.
+1
Level 59
Jul 7, 2022
Great Quiz!

Could you accept Saloniki as additional Type-In for Thessaloniki?

+1
Level 55
Jul 7, 2022
Thanks! Should work now.
+1
Level 61
Aug 29, 2022
Had never heard of Ohrid so I looked it up. It has about as many people now as it did back then...
+1
Level 55
Aug 30, 2022
With its status as the Bulgarian capital at the time, it does make a bit more sense. It lost that status a long time ago and hasn't really been important since then. The population had already dropped to 5k by the 1300s

(Veliki) Preslav served as the capital before that and also reached a peak of 40k before declining and only reaching barely under a fourth of its peak population today.