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7 of the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Cities

There are numerous ancient cities in the world, which still stands out among the modern settlements due to their amazing history and profound architecture. Although very few cities made their way to this time, they are sufficient to show us a glimpse of life and civilizations of the ancient world.

Mentioned below are 7 of the oldest cities in the world that are still inhabited.

Athens, Greece

Being the birthplace of western civilization, Athens is one of the ancient cities that stood the test of time. The history of habitation of this city dates back to a time way before the era of Aristotle, Pluto, and Socrates. A rough estimate suggests that this city was first inhabited more than 7000 years ago.


Jerusalem relates to a group of cities that came into existence almost 4000 to 5000 years ago. Moreover, it has a unique hitorical perspective that binds this city into a nexus of the three largest religions including Islam, Judaism and, Christianity. Jerusalem is home of a wide array of religious and spiritual sites.

Byblos, Lebanon

Although there were signs of existence for this city more than 7000 years ago, Byblos continues to inhabit for over 5,000 years. In fact, this city has the essence of being the oldest city in the world. The word ‘Bible’ took its origin from Byblos, as papyrus entered Greece through this city.

Damascus, Syria

Damascus is also referred to as the oldest city in the world with the evidence of habitation that dates back to almost 11000 years. Due to the persistence and location, this city has seen a rise and fall of various civilizations. Even today, this capital city of Syria holds a population of over 2.5 million people.

Faiyum, Egypt

Located beside the Nile River, this Egyptian city has served the purpose for human settlements for more than 7000 years. The old city of Shedet was also a part of Faiyum. The agrarian communities also settled here nearly 6,000 years ago.

The population of this city reached the verge of its extinction due to the draft. However, it gained a higher number of inhabitants a few thousand years ago.

Luoyang, China

There is a great number of old cities, which saw inhabitation some 4000 years ago. Most of these cities belonged to Europe and Mideast. However, Luoyang is the continuously inhabited and the most ancient city in Asia. The habitation period goes back to the time of Neolithic.

Situated on the central plain of China, this oldest city is one of the seven capitals of ancient China. Since it stands at the intersection of the Yi and Luo rivers, this city held paramount geographical importance during the time of ancient China.

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Known as the Philippopolis, Plovdiv relates to an ancient settlement of Thracian. Most of the inhabitants were the Romans. For quite some time, ottomans also ruled this city. The history of this attractive city dates back to millennia. However, the solid evidence of habitation reveals some facts about its existence nearly 6,000 years ago. At present, it is the second largest Bulgarian city and serves as a hub of cultural, economic and educational activities.

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