Cultural recovery bleg

I am looking for cases when a culturally flourishing city met a great tragedy, saw some population dispersion, and then recovered its creative energies.  Vienna is an example where this is not true.  Paris has wonderful museums and concerts but it is no longer a global cultural leader as it was before World War II.  I am not aware that Atlanta was culturally important after the wreckage of the Civil War.  Rome faded after (before?) the barbarian invasions.  So are there any good examples?  Comments are open…


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