1. Damascus, Syria
Damascus was founded in the 3rd millennium B.C. Its broadly believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with the indication of habitation dating back at least 11,000 years.
2. Jericho, West Bank, Palestine
Jericho is the earliest known walled city, and evidence of other habitation in the area, Its dating back to 6800 B.C. Its a city in the Palestinian Territories and is located near the Jordan River in the West Bank
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3. Athens, Greece
The birthplace of Western civilization, the city has been continuously inhabited for at least 7,000 years. Today it remains a rambling metropolis, and its Acropolis still stands, bossing the landscape.
4. Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Plovdiv is an ancient city built around 7 hills, in southern Bulgaria which is ruled by Romans and Ottman’s. Evidence of habitation dates back 6,000 years.
5. Rayy, Iran
Rey, also known as Shahr-e Rey is mentioned in the Bible and its historic name, “Ragha” has a history going back some seven thousand years. This can be seen carved into the reliefs at Bisotun which date from 500BC, In the picture is a Shrine of Shah Abd-Al-Azeem, Rey
The city of God, founded around 3000 BC, Sacred to Judaism, Christian and Muslims. Its Old City has significant religious sites around the Temple Mount compound, including the Western Wall (sacred to Judaism), the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (a Christian pilgrimage site) and the Dome of the Rock (a 7th-century Islamic shrine with a gold dome).
7. Luoyang, China
It is widely recognized as the region where Chinese civilization originated. Luoyang, ancient China’s capital during multiple dynasties, It is home to Baima Si (White Horse Temple), among China’s first Buddhist temples, founded in the 1st century.
8. Multan, Pakistan
The city of Saints and Sufi’s. Multan’s history stretches deep into antiquity. Multan is one of the oldest cities in the Asian subcontinent. Multan has frequently been a site of conflict due to its location on a major invasion route between South Asia and Central Asia. It is believed to have been visited by Alexander the Great’s army. It was also conquered along with Sindh by Muhammad bin Qasim, from the local ruler Chach of Alor. Following bin Qasim’s conquest.
9. Gaziantep, Turkey
Located in southern Turkey near the Syrian border, Gaziantep’s earliest inhabitants were settled in 3,650 B.C. Also known as Antep, this city offers visitors many historical sites. In the center of the city stands the Gaziantep Fortress and the Ravanda citadel, which were restored by the Byzantines in the 6th century.