Top Ten Oldest Cities in the World

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6. Giza, Egypt

Great Pyramid of Giza

Back to Egypt again and to one of the oldest cities that everybody knows about. It’s the city of Giza, and this one is famous for the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, along with all the other smaller pyramids and temples. These astonishing ancient monuments attract thousands of visitors from all over the world. Giza itself has grown to accommodate this influx of tourism, becoming a popular place to live. Dating back to well before 2568 B.C., Giza comes in at number six in the List of Top 10 Oldest Cities list.


7. Xi’an, China

xi'an china

For our next contender on the oldest cities list, we head over to the Far East, and the city of Xi’an in Shaanxi province, China. This city also had a different name to begin with, and used to be called Chang’an. One of the Four Great Ancient Capitals of China, Xi’an is the place to go if you want to see the famous Terracotta Army. Nowadays the city is a massive metropolitan area with more than 8 million inhabitants! In such a crowded and polluted city, some of the local people are resorting to using electric motorbikes to get around. Residents here know better than most to insure a motorbike, because they are a favorite among the opportunist thieves here. The city of Xi’an is believed to have been around since 2205 B.C., ranking it 7th in the oldest cities list.


8. Asyut, Egypt

asyut egypt

Here comes another Egyptian city that ties with Luxor in the rankings for oldest cities in the world. Visit Asyut now and there is not much left to show that it’s over 4000 years old, unlike other oldest cities in Egypt. In fact, the leaders of Luxor and Asyut had a battle thousands of years ago, and Luxor won, so Asyut wasn’t regarded as an important city after its defeat. Like most ancient and oldest cities, it fell into ruin before being inhabited again, but now it’s transformed itself into a modern city with around 400,000 people calling it home. Reliable records date back to around 2160 B.C. making Asyut the 8th oldest cities in the world.


9. Luxor, Egypt


Egypt may be best known for its Pyramids, but there is much more to the country than the tombs of old pharaohs. Luxor is an ancient city that actually used to be Thebes, and is often referred to as the “world’s greatest open air museum.” The Karnak Temple complex found within the city is the largest ancient religious site in the world. Luxor was once the capital of Egypt but slowly other cities in the country overtook it, and then fell into ruins after being attacked by an Assyrian emperor. Now one of the oldest cities of the world thrives from all the tourists that come to wander around the many different temples here. No-one is exactly sure when Luxor was founded, but it was sometime before 2160 B.C. which makes it the 9th oldest cities of the world.


10. Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon Portugal

The first on our list of top ten oldest countries is the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. It beats Paris, London, and even Rome hands down. Here you can find monuments like the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, which are over 500 years old. Lisbon owes much or its status as one of the world’s oldest cities to the Tagus River and the calm, secure natural harbor that its estuary created. It attracted the Phoenician sailors from the Mediterranean as long ago as 1200 B.C. The harbor here has grown into the busiest seaport on the European Atlantic coast. Founded around 2000 B.C, Lisbon, actually called Lisboa in Portugal, ranks 10th in the Top 10 Oldest Cities.

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