Top 10 Oldest Cities Still Inhabited

Cities come and go. This has been a true fact for as long as cities have existed. Most of the ancient cities that belong to the earliest cities in human history are long gone. At most, they’re now ruins and/or archaeological sites and sometimes their whereabouts are completely unknown. But conversely, there are some old cities left that are thousands of years old and who are still very much in existence. These cities, which were founded several thousands of years ago, are still inhabited. People still live in those up to this day. Want to know where you can experience as much ancient history as nowhere else without having to visit an uninhabited archaeological site? The following ranking lists the oldest 10 cities in the world that are still inhabited today.

1. Jericho

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Founded in: ~ 9,600 B.C. (~ 11,600 years old)

Today part of West Bank, Palestine
Today’s population: 22,000

2. Byblos

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Founded in: ~ 8,800 B.C. (~ 10,800 years old)

Today part of Mount Lebanon Governorate, Lebanon
Today’s population: 40,000

3. Damascus

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Founded in: ~ 6,300 B.C. (~ 8,300 years old)

Today part of Damascus Governorate, Syria
Today’s population: 1.7 million

4. Ray

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Founded in: ~ 5,500 B.C. (~ 7,500 years old)

Today part of Tehran Province, Iran
Today’s population: 250,000

5. Argos

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Founded in: ~ 5,000 B.C. (~ 7,000 years old)

Today part of Peloponnese Region, Greece
Today’s population: 22,000

6. Aleppo

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Founded in: ~ 4,300 B.C. (~ 6,300 years old)

Today part of Aleppo Governorate, Syria
Today’s population: 1.9 million

7. Erbil

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Founded in: ~ 4,000 B.C. (~ 6,000 years old)

Today part of Kurdistan Region, Iraq
Today’s population: 880,000

8. Gaziantep

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Founded in: ~ 3,600 B.C. (~ 5,600 years old)

Today part of Southeastern Anatolia, Turkey
Today’s population: 1.5 million

9. Luxor

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Founded in: ~ 3,200 B.C. (~ 5,200 years old)

Today part of Luxor Governorate, Egypt
Today’s population: 510,000

10. Beirut

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Founded in: ~ 3,000 B.C. (~ 5,000 years old)

Today part of Beirut Governorate, Lebanon
Today’s population: 360,000

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