Some of the Oldest inhabited cities
on earth are included here.Damascus
seem to have the best stake in this.
Then a bunch of North African medinas. I'd say Fez
is the preeminent example.
I'd also include Marrakesh
for its fine Islamic buildings.
This seems to be the best place to cover Ottoman heritage too. But what would be the Ottoman site par excellence? For the early period, we could have Bursa but I'd rather go for Safranbolu
. For the classical period, it should already be covered by Istanbul elsewhere.
And from the remaining ones I'd select Cairo
, for its Islamic and Coptic heritage.