Sidon, Lebanon, is another city with a long and rich history. In fact, the area is believed to have been inhabited sometime around 4,000 BC. C. Or possibly even earlier, around 6,000 to.
Paul and Alexander the Great visited them (the latter captured the city). Located south of Beirut, this Phoenician city is now one of the largest cities in Lebanon and is home to Sayhad, a busy port. Much of Sidon's history lies beneath modern buildings, making it difficult for archaeologists to carry out excavations; however, there are incredible sites that can be explored, including Sidon Sea Castle. But the first region to be urbanized was the Middle East, with ancient Mesopotamia.
Some 10,000 years ago, shortly after agriculture began there, the site of Jericho, in what is now the West Bank, featured enormous stone walls, surrounding a settlement of approximately 2,000 to 3,000 residents. 9,000 years ago, Çatalhöyük, located in present-day Turkey, probably held several thousand people in houses made of mud, brick and plaster. With no ground-level streets in between, people moved across rooftops and entered houses by stairs through holes in roofs. Although these settlements were exceptionally large for their time, they apparently lacked other characteristics of the city, which is why most archaeologists classify them as cities.
Here are 14 of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Damascus, Syria — 11,000 years Aleppo, Syria — 8,000 years Byblos, Lebanon — 7,000 years. Damascus is widely accepted as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. The city was first inhabited in the second half of the 7th millennium BC, c.
It also recently became the largest city in Syria after thousands of people fled Aleppo. Damascus is a city that withstood the test of time and saw the birth and fall of many great civilizations. Damascus was also recently named the capital of Arab culture. The city of Jericho is located in the West Bank, in the Middle East.
While its exact foundation is unknown, Jericho is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. Most of these cities saw entire civilizations and empires come and go, they were important centers at one time, and some of them still are. In Mesopotamia, the first true cities seem to have appeared a couple of millennia later, between 5,500 and 3,800 BC. And it eventually became one of the most powerful cities in Phoenicia and one of the main ports of the Phoenician Empire.
The world's oldest cities have beautiful architecture and amazing stories, but surprisingly few old cities stand today. Today, Allahabad was renamed Prayagraj and is one of the largest cities in North India, with a population of 1.2 million. Jerusalem was completely destroyed on two of these occasions, but it remains one of the most important historic cities on Earth. In the case of the oldest cities in the world, ancient sites and structures offer us a glimpse of the past and allow us to walk through lands that have been inhabited for millennia.
Plovdiv's history spans more than six millennia, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe. Archaeologists are continually discovering new artifacts, temples and ancient sites in some of the world's oldest cities. Cities began to emerge in the Indus Valley of present-day Pakistan and India about 4,000 years ago; in China about 3,000 years ago; and in Central America, over the centuries, with 1 B. Augustine, for example, was founded by European settlers in the 16th century, while cities like Newport, Rhode Island and Charleston, South Carolina, were founded in the 17th century.
It's depressing to see how the world's oldest cities, located in Syria, are now being burned by wars. Another city located in present-day Lebanon, Byblos, originally known as Gebal, is one of the oldest Phoenician cities, founded around 5,000 BC. In certain places, thousands of people clustered together to form the first cities on Earth, while the rest of humanity continued to live in scattered villages, farms or nomadic camps. Although all states have historic cities and rich histories, there are some cities in the United States that date back further than the rest.