Ancient Cities of the WorldOld cities of the world
12Continuously populated cities
In these ancient cities, man's civilisation has developed. Tried and tested cities have more than just the scarring of the past; they show the - positve and negatively - impact of people. Some of the oldest cities in the world have wonderful architectural styles and astonishing histories, but few of them are still standing today.
Some disagreements about the historic records exist, so we have added some cities to this listing because of the area' s importance, whether of religion or culture. Here is our listing of the oldest cities in the world that are continually populated. It is widely regarded as the oldest continually populated town in the world, with proof of a settlement at least 11,000 years old.
Because of its position and endurance, the town has become a hub for civilisations that come and go. Fortification excavated in Jericho, dated 6800 BC, confirms that it is the oldest known fortified town in the area, and proof of other settlements in the area goes back some 11,000 years, which means that it is a serious candidate to be the oldest town in the world.
It is unbelievable that Jericho, despite its position far below sealevel, has stayed populated and sober. It is this fact that makes the town one of the world' s lowliest permanent places to live. The Aleppo site has been settled since about 8,000 years ago, but excavation at a site of only 15 years.
five leagues northerly of the town show that the area was populated about 13,000 years ago. Aleppo and its surroundings are the oldest known man-made settlements in the world. It is first referred to in some 5,000 years ago in blackboards, where it is named for its trade and defence capabilities.
Aleppo was the centre of antiquity because of its position between the Mediterranean and Mesopotamia - it was also the end of the Silk Road that led through Middle Asia and Mesopotamia. Nowadays it is the biggest town in Syria. However, the town was in the headlines in 2016 for the false reason when the destruction of a four-year struggle culminated.
One of the longest besieges of our time, the ancient city of Aleppo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been disastrously destroyed. Ancient home of philosophies and the birth place of the West, Athens has a long settlement story dating back to before the era of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle.
It has been inactive for at least 7,000 years. Athens' oldest known anthropogenic site dates from the eleventh to seventh millennia B.C. Today it is a vast capital and its acropolis still dominates the area. Argos has been competing with Athens, Europe's oldest town, for about 7,000 years.
It has long been a mighty town - its dominant presence on the fruitful Argolis plains has given it a strong presence, although it has a neutral past. During the Greek-Persian wars, for example, the municipality declined to combat or supply. Maybe that's part of why the town stood the test of it all.
Pilovdiv was initially a Thiracian village, known to the Greeks as Philippopolis, and was a great Roman town. According to the Telegraph, the town has a long tradition going back thousands of years. The proof of colonization goes back 6,000 years. Nowadays it is the second biggest town in Bulgaria and an important centre of economy, culture and education.
Although there is already 7,000 years of indications of a colonization, Byblos has been an uninterrupted town for about 5,000 years. The ancient author Philo of Byblos said that in ancient times the town had the distinction of being the oldest in the world. It is interesting that the British term for "Bible" is taken from "Byblos", because via Byblos papers were introduced into Greece.
Sidon has been one of the most important Phoenician cities for the last 6,000 years because of its position as an important Mediterranean harbour. It was also the place where the great kingdoms of the world, such as the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans, took over the town.
Found within the Greater Tehran Metro area, Rayy (or Rey), Iran, has proof of dwelling dating back 8,000 years, even though he has likely been invaded for about 5,000 or 6,000 years uninterrupted. It is rich in historic landmarks such as the 5,000-year-old Cheshmeh Ali and the 3,000-year-old Gebri chateau.
The Zoroastrians found it a profoundly holy town. It is one of several cities that emerged in the flourishing River of Jerusalem 4,000 to 5,000 years ago, but it has a singular place in human evolution, linking several of the world's great faiths. Unfortunately, Jerusalem's Old Town has also been added to the world heritage sites, which are endangered by contemporary town planning, tourist attractions and culture turbulence.
Several ancient cities were constructed about 4,000 years ago in the Middle East and Europe, but Luoyang distinguishes itself from this era as the oldest continually populated town in Asia. Luoyang is situated on China's mainland and is the oldest town in the state and one of the seven large ancient capitals of China.
Since the Neolithic period it has been inhabited and uninterrupted for at least 4,000 years. Situated at the crossroads of the Luo and Yi River, the town was regarded as the geographic centre of ancient China. Varanasi is more than 5,000 years old according to Hindu legends and is the oldest town in the world, although according to the BBC it is only about 3,000 years old.
The more humble date indicates that Varanasi was one of the many ancient cities built around the first millenium B.C., and it is still the oldest town in India and is regarded as the most sacred town in the world for Hindus.