Top 7 Oldest Inhabited Cities Worldwide
The civilization is thousands of years old on Earth. With archaeological findings it has been confirmed that the Indus Valley Civilization was the first ever to bring cities and towns into pictures. Many excavations have been done ever since and many cities have been found buried under the Earth as well. The oldest cities of the world are a true heritage and evidence of man's technical nature and the presence of culture back when we were not even born. Take a look at the oldest cities of the world here.
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List of 7 Oldest Cities of the World:
The ancient cities have a lot stored in their ruins. Many of these are abandoned but have a civilization to be discovered in their sands. The list of such cities is given below.
|Jericho, West Bank||11000 years|
|Damascus, Syria||11000 years|
|Aleppo, Syria||8000 years|
|Byblos, Lebanon||7000 years|
|Athens, Greece||7000 years|
|Susa, Iran||6300 years|
|Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan||6000 years|
Jericho, West Bank
This city is almost 11000 years old. It was destroyed in around 1500 BC due to an unknown reason. Historians say it must have been the Egyptian invasion or an earthquake that pulled down the city. Archaeologists have found traces of habitation in this city back to 9000 BC. The location of the city is in Jordan river valley with the river flowing in the East and the city of Jerusalem to the West. The dwellings found in this place are as old as 11000 years. It also happens to be the lowest city of the world. It is located at an altitude of 258 metres below the sea level. It has almost 25000 inhabitants even today, Jagranjosh reported.
According to Tree Hugger, Damascus is widely believed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, with evidence of habitation dating back to around 10,000 to 8,000 BCE. Its location and persistence have made the city a nexus for civilizations come and gone. In 2018, its metropolitan area was home to about 2.3 million people, and in 2008 UNESCO named the city the Arab Capital of Culture.
This city was founded as Gebal by the Phoenicians and received its name Byblos by the Greeks. They imported papyrus from this city. For thousands of years this city has been the major exporter of papyrus to Greece. This has been going on since the 4th century BC. In Fact the word Bible is derived from Byblos. The ancient Phoenician temples, Byblos Castle, and the Church of St. John Mark, built by the Crusaders are the sight to watch in the city . It also is home to medieval old town walls.
As reported by Education World, Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It dominates the Attica region with its earliest human presence starting somewhere between the 11th and 7th millennium BC. This city is also an ancient home of philosophy and the birthplace of Western civilisations. In fact it boasts of habitation that goes back long before the days of Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The city withstood the test of times and was a subject of complete destruction following the Dorian and Persian invasions. Today, Athens is a sprawling metropolis and the oldest capital city in Europe.
It no longer exists under the same name but Shush, teh small town in Iran is in the same site as the old city which maintains the continuity. This city dates back to 8000 BC when it was the capital of the Elamite Empire before being captured by the Assyrians. It was taken over by the Achaemenids Empire under Cyrus the Greek. Here the play of Aeschylus takes place which is anAthenian tragedy. It is the oldest play in the history of theatre. Sushan has a population of around 65000 people now.
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan:
It is located north of Kirkuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. This place was owned by Assyrians, Persians, Sassanids, Arabs, and Ottomanson alternate and repeated basis. The major role it played was of being a stopover on the Silk Road. At the center of the city, rests the Erbil Citadel, also known as Hawler Castle which is an ancient structure that dates back to 2,000 B.C.
It's ancient citadel still overlooks the horizon. The city has modern malls, ancient sites, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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