All of the places on this list are historic and have witness some of the most monumental events in history.
I’d like to make it to all of them one day. Right now I’ve been to exactly ZERO. I need to get moving!
St. Augustine, Florida
Let’s start off with a city in the good ol’ USA. Obviously this American city doesn’t have anything on other places around the world, but for the new world it’s still impressive – it was founded in 1565.
Ok, on to some actual ancient cities – this Indian city is 3,000 years old, considered the be the oldest in the world by Hindus.
It’s at least 4,000 years old, dating back to Neolithic times. Also, it’s one of the 7 Great Ancient Capitals of China.
Jerusalem is between 4,000 and 5,000 years old and is packed with important religious and historical sites.
The first settlement at Rey was establish around 3,000 B.C., which puts it at about 5,000 years old – and it’s been continuously inhabited since then. Now it is part of modern-day Tehran.
Though it’s been continuously inhabited since 3,000 B.C., it is believed to have first been settled between 7,000 and 8,000 B.C., which would put the origins of this city around 10,000 years ago. It is also the basis for the word “bible.”
Sidon was settled around 6,000 years old, though it only officially became a city-state in the second millennium B.C. The city has been ruled by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and Ottomans at different times in history.
The earliest signs of habitation in this Bulgarian city are 8,000 years old, though it has only been continuously inhabited for around 6,000 years. Over that time, it has been ruled by a number of different groups, including the Thracians, Persians, Macedonians, Romans, and many others.
Argos is potentially the oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe – people have called Argos home for 7,000 years. Argos refused to take part in the Greco-Persian wars, and many of its monuments are still intact because of it.
Frequently called the birthplace of modern western civilization, Athens ranks just behind Argos as the second oldest continuously inhabited city in Europe. It’s still a major city with countless historic sites, as any city would be if it had been around for 6-7,000 years.
Though it is unfortunately most famous these days as a site of terrible destruction in Syria’s brutal civil war, this 4,000-year-old city until recently was home to an enormous number of historical and cultural sites, many of which may now be gone forever.
Jericho, West Bank
Most famous for the biblical story of Joshua and the trumpet, Jericho has evidence of settlement dating back around 12,000 years (before the invention of agriculture), though not necessarily evidence of continuous settlement. Jericho also has ancient fortifications dating to around 7,000 B.C., which makes it the oldest walled city in history. Probably where that story comes from…
Today, Damascus is home to roughly 2 million people, and it is popularly believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the history of the world. According to the archeological evidence, people have lived there for roughly 11,000 years.
h/t: The Chive