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 10,000 in 1000 AD?
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Population figures are based off this dataset by Dr. E. Buringh, La population des villes européennes, 800-1850 by Paul Bairoch, 3000 Years of Urban Growth by Tertius Chandler and Gerald Fox and 4000 Years of Urban Growth: An Historical Census by Tertius Chandler.
Both historical and modern-day names accepted.
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Last updated: August 13, 2022
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Population
Cities
450k
Qurtubah
(Córdoba)
300k
Constantinople
(Istanbul)
90k
Isbiliyyah
(Seville)
75k
Balarm
(Palermo)
45k
Kyjevŭ
(Kyiv)
45k
Venice
40k
Ohrid
40k
Thessaloniki
35k
Al-Mariyyah
(Almería)
35k
Amalfi
35k
Rome
33k
Qartagannah al-Halfa
(Cartagena)
31k
Tulaytulah
(Toledo)
30k
Maridah
(Mérida)
30k
Milan
30k
Naples
30k
Pavia
26k
Garnatah
(Granada)
25k
Bolgar
25k
Cherson
(Sevastopol)
25k
Laon
25k
Mainz
Population
Cities
25k
Speyer
22k
Madinat Ilbirah
(Elvira)
21k
Cologne
20k
Chyernyhov
(Chernihiv)
20k
Corinth
20k
Gayyan
(Jaén)
20k
Lundenburh
(London)
20k
Madinat Mayurqah
(Palma de Mallorca)
20k
Monemvasia
20k
Paris
20k
Philippopolis
(Plovdiv)
20k
Rouen
20k
Tarnovo
(Veliko Tarnovo)
20k
Trier
20k
Verona
19k
Mursiyah
(Murcia)
19k
Saris
(Jerez de la Frontera)
18k
Arles
18k
Burgos
18k
Istiggah
(Écija)
18k
Magdeburg
Population
Cities
18k
Novgorod
(Veliky Novgorod)
18k
Orléans
18k
Salerno
18k
Worms
17k
Malaqah
(Málaga)
17k
Riji
(Reggio Calabria)
17k
Saraqustah
(Zaragoza)
16k
Batalyaws
(Badajoz)
16k
Reims
15k
Adrianople
(Edirne)
15k
Al-Ushbuna
(Lisbon)
15k
Armagh
15k
Athens
15k
Balansiyyah
(Valencia)
15k
Bayyasah
(Baeza)
15k
Caen
15k
Chandax
(Heraklion)
15k
Cremona
15k
Esztergom
15k
Genoa
15k
Gniezno
Population
Cities
15k
León
15k
Lyon
15k
Metz
15k
Poitiers
15k
Poznań
15k
Prague
15k
Prizren
15k
Regensburg
15k
Roskilde
15k
Tours
15k
Wintanceaster
(Winchester)
13k
Bergamo
12k
Atil
(Samosdelka)
12k
Bruges
12k
Eoforwic
(York)
12k
Erfurt
12k
Ferrara
12k
Halle
12k
Liège
12k
Mantua
12k
Narbonne
Population
Cities
12k
Rennes
12k
Toulouse
12k
Troyes
11k
Bari
11k
Bologna
11k
Piacenza
11k
Raghus
(Ragusa)
10k
Aachen
10k
Amiens
10k
Angers
10k
Bordeaux
10k
Bourges
10k
Braunschweig
10k
Lawraqah
(Lorca)
10k
Masinah
(Messina)
10k
Northwic
(Norwich)
10k
Padua
10k
Porto
10k
Preslav
(Veliki Preslav)
10k
Qataniyyah
(Catania)
10k
Wasqah
(Huesca)
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Level 49
Feb 6, 2022
Great quiz! Nominated! :)
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Level 55
Feb 6, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 66
Apr 29, 2022
Really good quiz. Any reason why Burgas isn't accepted as a type in though?
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Level 55
Apr 29, 2022
Thanks! This was a mistake with the type-ins which has now been fixed.
+1
Level 60
Jul 7, 2022
Great Quiz!

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

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Level 55
Jul 7, 2022
Thanks! Should work now.
+1
Level 57
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...
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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.