Old town

Stralsund in Germany, an Altstadt regarded World Heritage site status by UNESCO. European old towns are easily recognizable by their density, small alleys and buildings from different eras, often even going back to Gothic times.
Traditional houses with the Roman Catholic Church of the Holy Cross in the background, walled city of Nicosia.
A typical street in the old town of Limassol.
Historical Centre of Verona in Italy.

In a city or town, the old town is its historic or original core. Although the city is usually larger in its present form, many cities have redesignated this part of the city to commemorate its origins after thorough renovations. There are many places throughout the world referred to as the old town (and this is sometimes construed as a proper noun and capitalized). This is a list of some famous old towns: