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150 Biggest Cities of the World in 1500 with a Map

With the help of a map, can you name the 150 most populous cities in the world in 1500?
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Population figures are based off different approximates according to a bunch of a different sources.
Both historical and modern-day names accepted.
Some of these cities do not exist anymore.
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Last updated: March 15, 2022
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Population
City
Country
672k
Beijing
China
500k
Vijayanagara
Vijayanagara
425k
Cairo
Mamluks
312,5k
Hangzhou
China
250k
Tabriz
Aq Qoyunlu
225k
Tenochtitlan
Aztec Empire
221k
Nanjing
China
200k
Constantinople
Ottoman Empire
200k
Gaur
Bengal
200k
Guangzhou
China
200k
Suzhou
China
187,5k
Paris
France
(Royal Domain)
150k
Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya
150k
Hanseong
Joseon
150k
Mandu
Malwa
138,5k
Chang'an
China
137,5k
Naples
Naples
135k
Venice
Venice
130k
Ghent
Flanders
(France / H.R.E.)
127,5k
Fez
Morocco
125k
Adrianople
Ottoman Empire
125k
Khambhat
Gujarat
115k
Antwerp
Brabant
(Holy Roman Empire)
112k
Chengdu
China
104k
Cuttack
Gajapati
102k
Milan
Milan
(France / H.R.E.)
100k
Brussels
Brabant
(Holy Roman Empire)
95k
Kaifeng
China
90k
Ahmedabad
Gujarat
90k
Chittorgarh
Malwa
90k
Delhi
Delhi
90k
Gwalior
Chandelas
90k
Penukonda
Vijayanagara
85k
Lisbon
Portugal
83k
Fuzhou
China
81,5k
Wuchang
China
80k
Bidar
Bidar
77,5k
Ava
Ava
77,5k
Samarkand
Uzbek Khanate
77,5k
Yangzhou
China
75k
Quilon
Vijayanagara
75k
Tunis
Tunis
72,5k
Burhanpur
Khandesh
72,5k
Sakai
Hosokawa Clan
(Japan)
70k
Chanderi
Chandelas
70k
Damascus
Mamluks
70k
Granada
Castile
68,5k
Bukhara
Uzbek Khanate
67k
Aleppo
Mamluks
65k
Lyon
France
(Royal Domain)
Population
City
Country
64,5k
Jingdezhen
China
64,5k
Ningbo
China
64,5k
Quanzhou
China
62,5k
Florence
Florence
(Holy Roman Empire)
61k
Genoa
Genoa
(Holy Roman Empire)
61k
Taiyuan
China
60,5k
Xuzhou
China
60k
Bruges
Flanders
(France / H.R.E.)
60k
Gao
Songhai Empire
60k
Kalikata
Bengal
60k
Mecca
Mamluks
60k
Oyo
Oyo
60k
Q'umarkaj
K'iche'
60k
Rouen
France
(Royal Domain)
60k
Shiraz
Aq Qoyunlu
60k
Tetzcoco
Aztec Empire
60k
Tours
France
(Royal Domain)
57,5k
Chiang Mai
Lan Na
57,5k
Pyongyang
Joseon
57,5k
Srinagar
Garhwal
57,5k
Tianjin
China
56k
Pskov
Pskov
55k
Bologna
Bologna
55k
Brescia
Venice
55k
Kamatapur
Kamata
55k
Lublin
Poland
54k
Kashgar
Uyghuristan
52,5k
Târgoviște
Wallachia
52k
Đông Kinh
Đại Việt
50k
Bihar
Bengal
50k
Brunei Town
Brunei
50k
Chittagong
Bengal
50k
Hakata
Shōni Clan
(Japan)
50k
Jaunpur
Delhi
50k
Kefe
Ottoman Empire
50k
Kano
Kano
50k
Kerman
Aq Qoyunlu
50k
Luang Prabang
Lan Xang
50k
Marrakech
Marrakech
50k
Prague
Bohemia
(Holy Roman Empire)
50k
Qom
Aq Qoyunlu
50k
Uskub
Ottoman Empire
50k
Smolensk
Lithuania
50k
Valencia
Aragon
48k
Moscow
Muscovy
48k
Valladolid
Castile
47,5k
Ngazargamu
Bornu
47k
Toledo
Castile
46,5k
Rome
Papal States
46k
Chandragiri
Vijayanagara
Population
City
Country
46k
Thatta
Sindh
46k
Varanasi
Delhi
45k
Agadez
Aïr
45k
London
England
45k
Marseille
France
(Royal Domain)
45k
Qusqu
Inca Empire
45k
Seville
Castile
45k
Toulouse
France
(Royal Domain)
45k
Vienna
Austria
(Holy Roman Empire)
42k
Novgorod
Muscovy
40k
Athens
Ottoman Empire
40k
Béjaïa
Tlemcen
40k
Chan Chan
Inca Empire
40k
Constantine
Tlemcen
40k
Cremona
Milan
(France / H.R.E.)
40k
Damietta
Mamluks
40k
Herat
Timurids
40k
Metz
Metz
(Free City - H.R.E.)
40k
Salonica
Ottoman Empire
40k
Tagoust
Tlemcen
40k
Tlemcen
Tlemcen
40k
Trabzon
Ottoman Empire
40k
Ts’intsúntsani
Ts’intsúntsani
38k
Eski Zagra
Ottoman Empire
38k
Verona
Venice
37,5k
Cologne
Cologne
(Free City - H.R.E.)
36k
Cholollan
Cholollan
36k
Nuremberg
Nuremberg
(Free City - H.R.E.)
36k
Oran
Tlemcen
35k
Alexandria
Mamluks
35k
Bordeaux
France
(Royal Domain)
35k
Córdoba
Castile
35k
Nyeni
Mali
35k
Medina del Campo
Castile
35k
Meknes
Morocco
33k
Axum
Ethiopia
33k
Augsburg
Augsburg
(Free City - H.R.E.)
33k
Suceava
Moldavia
32k
Bourges
France
(Royal Domain)
32k
Poznań
Poland
31,5k
Kilwa Kisiwani
Kilwa
30k
Amsterdam
Holland
(Holy Roman Empire)
30k
Danzig
Poland
30k
Filibe
Ottoman Empire
30k
Kitu
Inca Empire
30k
Lucca
Lucca
(Holy Roman Empire)
30k
Mahdia
Tunis
30k
Tripoli
Tunis
29k
Barcelona
Aragon
28,5k
Lübeck
Lübeck
(Free City - H.R.E.)
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Level 51
Feb 16, 2022
Great Quiz! Would love to see more of this type!
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Level 55
Feb 16, 2022
Thanks!
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Level 78
Feb 16, 2022
Really interesting quiz, nominated. I feel like I missed at least a few obvious ones.
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Level 55
Feb 17, 2022
Thank you!
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Level 33
Apr 19, 2022
Only quiz ive seen with some answers 0%
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Level 42
Mar 14, 2022
I don’t understand the point of Maranhão coastline being highlighted on here, if you’re considering this happening before the “Discovery” of Brazil. But overall is a great quiz!
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Level 55
Mar 14, 2022
Thanks, but I'm pretty sure Brazil was first colonized in 1500, however.
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Level 42
Mar 15, 2022
It was, however, the most accepted version of the history, is that the Portuguese came on here first on April 22nd in the Southern Coast of Bahia. Depending of which data you’re using, that should be the part highlighted here. The city of São Luís, which is the biggest city I could find on the highlighted part, was founded only in 1612 :)
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Level 55
Mar 15, 2022
Right. I've moved the highlighted part to Porto Seguro.
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Level 42
Mar 15, 2022
Thank you! :)