Top 10 oldest permanently inhabitated cities

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Mesopotamia can claim the earliest cities. However, cities like Uruk (the largest city of the world in 2900 BC with an estimated 80.000 inhabitants) and Ur were abandoned during the Islamic conquests. In this list we’re looking for the oldest permanently inhabitated cities. The Middle East keeps playing an important role in this list, but find out which other cities complete the next top 10 list!

Top 10 oldest permanently inhabitated cities

  1. Luxor – 3,200 BC
  2. Plovidiv – 3,000 – 4,000 BC
  3. Delhi – 3,500 BC
  4. Gaziantep – 3,650 BC
  5. Sidon – 4,000 BC
  6. Athens – 4,000 – 5,000 BC
  7. Argos – 5,000 BC
  8. Aleppo – 5,000 BC
  9. Biblos – 5,000 BC
  10. Damascus – 9,000 BC

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