7 Oldest Cities in the World

Old cities are a mark of heritage and ancient culture. They show and depict traditions and the influence that they have had on human civilization. They have the most beautiful architecture and amazing stories. The beliefs and the beauty of these cities are mesmerizing. These cities would be a great place to take off for a mini-vacation to rejuvenate yourself.

Damascus, Syria

Damascus, Syria

1. Damascus, Syria

Believed to be one of the oldest cities of the world, Damascus is called the Arab capital of culture. The city is continuously inhabited and provides a link or a connection to every civilization that resides and developed here. The last inhabitants in this city can be dated as long as 11,000 years ago.


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Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

2. Athens, Greece

The city is inhabited for as long as 7000 years and can be called as the beginning of Western civilization. The history of the city dates back before the days of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. Today it is a famous extensive metropolis and its Aristotle statue still stands overlooking the landscape.


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Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

3. Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Still considered as the second largest city in Bulgaria, Plovdiv known as Philippopolis to the Greeks, and was a major city for the Romans. Its as old as 6000 years and is an important economic, educational and cultural centre of Bulgaria.


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Rayy, Iran

Rayy, Iran

4. Rayy, Iran

Occupied by a large number of Zoroastrians, Rayy has had human settlements for 5000-6000 years. It is located within the greater Tehran Metropolitan area and boasts of the 5000-year-old Cheshmeh Ali hill and the 3000-year-old Gebri castle.


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Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

5. Jerusalem, Israel

This ancient city came up around 4000-5000 years back. It has vibes and feels of spirituality as it is a nexus for a lot of world religions. It has lot of spiritual wealth in terms of sites and locations.


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Luoyang, China

Luoyang, China

6. Luoyang, China

This city is Asia’s oldest city to be inhabited by human population. One of the greatest seven capitals of China it is located in the central plain region. The city was called the geographical center of ancient China as it was located between the rivers of Luo and Yi.


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Varanasi, India

Varanasi, India

7. Varanasi, India

The holy cities of the Hindus, Varanasi is the oldest Indian city. It has been occupied for close to 3000 years now. Located on the bank of the river Ganges, it is an important site of pilgrimage.


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  • Damascus, Syria
  • Athens, Greece
  • Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • Rayy, Iran
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • Luoyang, China
  • Varanasi, India

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