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    medieval city

    Hello,

    I wonder if the phrase 'medieval city" can be used to talk about present-day cities which have lots of medieval monuments/buildings (for example, Visiting Prague- the Medieval City - Jack Baumann's Blog - Ballwin-Ellisville, MO Patch). Or would you use the phrase to refer to a town during that period only?

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    Re: medieval city

    I would use it for a city that was established back in the medieval era, with at least a few buildings and such that are from that time.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: medieval city

    And does Prague fit the bill?

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    Re: medieval city

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I would use it for a city that was established back in the medieval era, with at least a few buildings and such that are from that time.
    I wouldn't.

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    Re: medieval city

    Quote Originally Posted by Verona_82 View Post
    And does Prague fit the bill?
    Yes, I think Prague would fit. There is a very old section of the city.

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    Re: medieval city

    I, a resident of Prague, would not describe it as a mediaeval city. To me it's a modern, vibrant city.

    If I were talking of Prague in the 13th century, I would talk of 'the mediaeval city'. I might talk of the mediaeval Old Town that is part of the city today. But, except in the flowery language of some tourist brochures, the city I live in is not a mediaeval city.

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    Re: medieval city

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I, a resident of Prague, would not describe it as a mediaeval city. To me it's a modern, vibrant city.

    If I were talking of Prague in the 13th century, I would talk of 'the mediaeval city'. I might talk of the mediaeval Old Town that is part of the city today. But, except in the flowery language of some tourist brochures, the city I live in is not a mediaeval city.
    When I visited Stockholm, I went to a restaurant that was built in the 13th or 14th century. As an American, I could not even imagine that. There are numerous web sites that celebrate Prague's medieval history. But I understand your point. It is also modern and vibrant.

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