Oldest continuously inhabited cities

WHS located in one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.

Cut off date = later than 1000 BC

Connected Sites

  • Acropolis Athens, 5th–4th Millennium BC
  • Aleppo Aleppo, Chalcolithic (4,300 BC or earlier)
  • Ancient Thebes Luxor, c. 3200 BC
  • Byblos Byblos, Chalcolithic (3000 BC)
  • Damascus Damascus, Chalcolithic (Damascus is often claimed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, and evidence exists of a settlement in the wider Barada basin dating back to 9000 BC. However, within the area of Damascus, there is no evidence for large-scale settlement until the 2nd millennium BC)
  • Erbil Citadel Erbil, 2300 BC
  • Imperial Palace Beijing, c. 1045 BC
  • Mtskheta Mtskheta, c. 1000 BC
  • Old City of Jerusalem Jerusalem, 2800 BC
  • Silk Roads Xi'an, c. 1100 BC
  • Susa Susa (now Shush), 4200 BC - however, Susa’s claims are somewhat dented by the fact that it was downgraded to “small settlement” between the 15th and 20th centuries. See Link
  • Tyre Tyre, 2750 BC


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