The world is always trying to find the next big advancement, whether that be in technology, architecture or entertainment. Luckily, a few cities have learned that sometimes the old is better than the new and they have embraced their historical pasts. Here are the oldest cities in the world that you can visit and walk amongst history.
The capital of Greece, Athens, was once the center of intellectual advancement and political development. It is said that Athens has had inhabitants for over 7,000 years. Today, people can read about ancient Greek Philosophers such as Aristotle and Plato, as well as learn about powerful rulers such as Alexander The Great. Athens Greece, although has built modern day cities, has also kept many of its original foundations in tact. Tourists can visit sites from various eras including the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires. Popular destinations in Athens include the Acropolis, Theater of Dionysus, Temple of Hephaestus and the Parthenon.
Damascus, Syria is considered the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Experts believe that people began living in city as long as 11,000 years ago. Due to its location (an a plateau above sea level) it thrived in the ancient times and has only continued to grow. Today, it has an estimated population with over 1,700,000 people. Although today it is publicized as a war torn country it is still one of the centers for Arab cultures. Interesting sites include the Umayyad Mosque, Azm Palace, and Khan As’ad Pasha.
When Plovidiv was originally settled by the Greeks 6,000 years ago, the settlement was called Philippopolis. Throughout time, it was also a major city for the Romans and the Ottomans. Today, it is the second largest city in Bulgaria and is still a cultural and economic center of the country. Popular sites include the Roman Forum and the Odeon of Philippopolis.
One of the most controversial and oldest cities in the world is Jerusalem, Israel. Expert believe people began inhabiting the area around 5,000 years ago. Today, it is the heart of important sites for multiple religions. Although it is constantly debated upon by political and religious leaders, the city has been able to keep its historic roots alive through old stone buildings, famous landmarks, and cobblestoned alleys. Important sites include the Western Wall, Temple Mount, Tower of David, and Church of the Holy Sepulchre.