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Reema Bhalla Sep 18 2015

Which are the oldest cities in the world?

Etti Bali Sep 18 2015
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These are some of the oldest cities in the world which have stood the test of time and flourished with each turn of the century. Take a step back into these mysterious cities and make a coffee date with history!

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

A quaint and charming town with an old world charm, Plovdiv was first inhabited in 4000 BC. Today, it the is second largest city in Bulgaria and with chic cafes, cobbled streets, art galleries, and some first-class budget hotels in Plovdiv is a bustling cultural hub.

Jerusalem, Israel

The holy city of Jerusalem is among the oldest cities in the world and its first inhabitants date back to 2800 BC. In the course of its existence, the city has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, captured 44 times and attacked 52 times.

Xi’an, China

The eastern end of the Silk Route, Xi’an was one of the four great capitals of China and was founded in 1100 BC. Among the remnants of its glorious past there is the tomb of Qin Shi Huang with its terracotta army, and the ancient wall built by the Ming Dynasty.

Sidon, Lebanon

The earliest inhabitants settled in Sidon in 4000 BC, making it one of the oldest Phoenician cities. The historic city was captured by Alexander the Great in 333 BC. Today, it is the third largest city in Lebanon and is known for its local bazaars and shops selling Turkish coffee.

Varanasi, India

"Benaras is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend and looks twice as old as all of them put together". These golden words by Mark Twain encapsulate the essence of Varanasi. The holy city, established in 1000 BC, is one of the seven cities in Hindu religion which provide moksha.

Athens, Greece

One of the most famed and prosperous cities in the history of civilisation, the city of Athens is the largest in Greece. The first evidence of habitation in Greece dates back to 1400 BC, with the centre being the Cave of Schist. The city is filled with ruins of Byzantine, Ottoman, Roman and Greek empires, making it a hugely popular tourist destination.

Damascus, Syria

The history of Damascus is subject to much debate, with different opinions on its origin. While some say it was inhabited in 10,000 BC, other claim that it was established in 4300 BC. Damascus has, throughout history, been the centre of great power struggle, remnants of which can still be seen.

Cadiz, Spain

Considered to be Europe’s oldest continually inhabited city, Cadiz is a port city in south-western Spain. It was founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC, and with its forts and monuments, bears resemblance to Havana and San Juan.

Larnaca, Cyprus

A pretty sea-side city with palm trees, old fortifications and Turkish quarters, Larnaca was established in 1400 BC. The town is a breathtaking amalgamation of old and new, with swanky cafes and bars on one hand, and crafts villages and forts on the other.

Fascinated by these oldest cities in the world yet? Plan the next holiday, pick one of the holiday packages, and discover for yourself the timelessness of these enchanted places soon!

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