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Former Capitals


  1. Fez was the capital of which country for over four centuries?
  2. What was the capital of Nigeria before Abuja?
  3. Which city was the former capital of Pakistan until 1959?
  4. Alfred the Great made which English city his capital in 871?

  5. Which spa town became a French state capital headed by Marshal Petain during World War II?
  6. Which name links a former capital of ancient Egypt with a city on the Mississippi River?
  7. Where was the ancient capital of Scotland and the coronation site of Scottish kings?
  8. Spanish Town was the capital of which country from 1534 until 1872?
  9. Cusco was the capital of which empire from the 13th century until the 16th-century?
  10. In 1927, the national capital of Australia was relocated to Canberra from which city?
  11. Belmopan was established as the capital of Belize in 1970 after the destruction of which former capital by a hurricane?
  12. Almaty was the capital of which country from 1929 to 1936?
  13. Which city, the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868, is sometimes called the 'thousand-year capital'?
  14. Which city served as the temporary capital of the USA between 1790 and 1800, until the new capital in Washington, D.C., was ready?
  15. Which former European capital is also the birthplace of Beethoven?
  16. Edirne was the capital city of which empire from 1369 to 1453?
  17. Which city was officialy the capital of Poland until the end of the 16th century?
  18. Coimbra was the capital of which country from 1131 to 1255?


  1. Morocco
  2. Lagos
  3. Karachi
  4. Winchester
  5. Vichy
  6. Memphis
  7. Scone
  8. Jamaica
  9. Inca Empire
  10. Melbourne
  11. Belize City
  12. Kazakhstan
  13. Kyoto
  14. Philadelphia
  15. Bonn (Germany)
  16. The Ottoman Empire
  17. Krakow
  18. Portugal