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Popular Oldest Continuously Inhabited Cities of World

There are many places or cities across the world that have stood through the test of time having scars of history and show the influence both, positive as well as negative of human civilization. The oldest cities in the world boast stunning architecture and related incredible stories, yet outstandingly few ancient cities stand till today. Though, there are few disagreement about the historical record, so few cities can be listed because of the area’s cultural and religious significance. In this following write-up, we have listed some of the popular oldest cities that have been inhabited in the world. Are you looking for such a place to visit? Explore for the details.

Damascus, Syria


Located in Syria, Damascus is extensively believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The city has the evidence of its habitation that dates back to 11,000 years old. Its location and perseverance have made this city a nexus for civilizations which came and gone. Presently, the metropolitan region of Damascus is home to around 2.5 million people. In 2008, this city was named as “Capital of Culture of the Arab”.

Athens, Greece


Athens was the ancient place of philosophy as well as the birthplace of Western civilization. This famous city of Greece has many proofs of human habitation which relates back to the days of Plato, Socrates and Aristotle. As per historical records, this city has been continuously inhabited for at least 7,000 years. The oldest known human presence in Athens is dated between the 11th – 7th millennium B.C. At present, the remains today are metropolis and its Acropolis, which overlook the landscape.

Varanasi, India


Varanasi in the beautiful country of India is believed to be over 5,000 years old and therefore, counted as one of the oldest cities in the world. The evidence of human habitation only dates back to around 3,000 years. This more modest date indicates that this Hindu revered city of Varanasi was sustaining among the various cities to appear around the first millennium B.C. Laced along the holy River Ganges, this sacred city is an important place of pilgrimage.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Initially, Plovdiv was a Thracian settlement called “Philippopolis” for the Greeks, and a major city for the Romans. This city of Bulgaria was ruled by the Ottomans for some time. This charming city has a rich history dates back to millennia. You can find the evidence of habitation dating back to around 6,000 years. At present, Plovdiv is still the second largest city of Bulgaria. Moreover, the city is a major cultural, economic and educational center.

Byblos, Lebanon


There are proves of settlements back to 7,000 years ago. But, as per history, the city of Byblos located in Lebanon has been a constant city for about 5,000 years. In fact, according to the ancient writer Philo of Byblos, this city had a reputation in relic of being the oldest city in the world. There is one more interesting thing related to this city which is “the English word for “Bible” is derived from “Byblos,” as it was from here that papyrus was imported to Greece.

So, if you are a history lover, then don’t wait anymore, book a trip to any of the above cities.

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Anusha Dixit

I am s a travel blogger associated with an Online Travel Guide. She guides travelers to various resources where they can read all about Chakrata tourism.

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