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

Site Rationale Link
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 Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor 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
Tyre Tyre, 2750 BC


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