World’s Oldest Continuously Inhabited Cities

The 10 oldest continually inhabited places on earth, These cities are the living and breathing remnants of a time long gone.

10. Beirut, Lebanon


Inhabited since: 3,000BC
Now known as a lively and modern tourist attraction, Lebanon’s capital, Beirut has a history stretching as far back as 5,000 years. Excavated remains unearthed from the Phoenician, Hellenistic, Roman, Arab and Ottoman civilizations serves only as proof of this city’s journey through time. Even though it is mentioned in letters to the pharaoh of Egypt, the city is said to be inhabited since 3,000BC.

9. Gaziantep, Turkey


Inhabited since: 3,650BC
The Turkish city of Gaziantep is believed to be inhabited since 3,650BC. Hittites, Byzantines and Romans have been part of its history.

8. Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Inhabitants since: 4,000 BC
Plovdiv is the second-largest city in Bulgaria. Originally a Tracian settlement before becoming a major Roman city. It later fell into Byzantine and Ottoman hands, before becoming part of Bulgaria.

7. Sidon, Lebanon


Inhabited since: 4,000BC
Sidon is said to be the oldest and one of the most important Phoenician cities. Inhabited 4,000BC this city is located about 25 miles south of Beirut and is believed to be visited by Jesus and St. Paul and captured by Alexander the Great in 333BC.

6. Faiyum, Egypt


Inhabited since: 4,000BC
Situated somewhere southwest of Cairo, Faiyum is and ancient Egyptian city occupying some part of Crocodilopolis. Inhibited since 4,000BC, the modern Faiyum consists of several mosques, large bazaars and baths, while the Lehin and Hawara pyramids are located nearby.

5. Susa, Iran


Inhabited since: 4,200BC
Before being captured by the Assyrians, Susa was the capital of the Elamite Empire. The capture of the city inhabited since 4,200BC was the setting of The Persians, an Athenian tragedy by Aeschylus and the oldest surviving play in the history of theatre.

4. Damascus, Syria


Inhabited since: 4,300BC
Damascus has often been claimed to be the world’s oldest inhabited city, however there are no proofs of a civilization from 10,000 BC have been found within the city area. The arrival of Aramaeans turned the city into an important settlement and can be said  to have been inhabited at least since 4,300BC.

3. Aleppo, Syria


Inhabited since: 4,300BC
Aleppo has been under the rule of many civilizations. From Hittite to Persian and from Romans to Ottomans. Founded as Halab in around 4,300BC, Aleppo is now Syria’s most populated city.


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