25 Oldest Cities People Don’t Realize Are Actually Still Around

Have you ever visited an ancient civilization? It’s like time traveling to a similar, yet otherworldly, place. As you walk among the ruins, you can imagine what life was like hundreds or even thousands of years ago.

The oldest cities from around the world still offer a lot of knowledge despite some losses of archaeological evidence. Understanding the way people used to inhabit settlements can truly give us a broader picture of our own history.

In this article, you will go on a journey through some of the earliest human habitations and uncover ancient artifacts. You will also discover how some of the oldest cities either grew to power or fell to ruin.

These fascinating stories from the past can provide a glimpse into how human history developed and how the world has been shaped.

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Varanasi, India


The holy city of Varanasi is located in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Its winding cobbled streets are home to more than 2,000 temples.

Scholars believe it was founded between 3,000 and 5,000 years ago by Lord Shiva. People from all over the world consider Varanasi to be the spiritual capital of India.

Hindu pilgrims travel from all over to bathe in the sacred Ganges River.


Aleppo, Syria


Ancient historians aren’t exactly sure when settlers began to inhabit the city of Aleppo.

One of the main reasons the date of origin is unknown is because most of the original city has been devastated by civil war. However, when archeologists discovered an ancient temple, they were able to date it as far back as far as 3,000 B.C.

The modern-day city is located in the northwestern part of Syria. It currently serves as the capital of the Aleppo Governorate. It has a population of 4.6 million. 


Cádiz, Spain

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The Spanish navy has called Cádiz, Spain, home since the early 18th century.

It was originally founded by Phoenicians back in 1,100 B.C. Its geographical location made it an ideal location for exploration and trade.

In 219 B.C., a great Carthaginian commander by the name of Hannibal Barca made the trading post his base for the conquest of Iberia. Many centuries later, the port city is still known for its breathtaking architecture and large number of watchtowers.


Beirut, Lebanon


Historians uncovered the true origins of the city of Beirut during an excavation in the early 1990s.

They discovered that Lebanon’s capital dates back at least 5,000 years. Beirut, Lebanon, is also believed to have been home to one of the most prestigious law schools in the Roman Empire.

Unfortunately, much of the historic city was destroyed in an earthquake around 551 A.D.


Thebes, Greece


Thebes is located in central Greece. Over the past few thousand years, the city has played a key role in many different Greek myths and legends.

Thebes was once a bustling city that even rivaled Athens. Archeologists uncovered grinding stones and terracotta, which led them to believe that the city was known for its wool production and trade.

Modern Thebes is now one of the largest towns in the region of Boeotia.

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