23 Inspiring Ancient World Cities

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For the history buff and the frequent traveler alike, these are the most inspiring ancient world cities that you have to visit. Each holds centuries of history and culture where incredible adventure is to be found. From the beauty of ancient ruins to the excitement of cultural traditions these ancient cities are a must visit.

Varanasi, India

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Founded in 1000 B.C.


Cadiz, Spain

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The first human settlement dates back to 1100 B.C.


Lisbon, Portugal

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Founded in 1200 B.C.


Thebes, Greece

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The city was built in 1400 B.C.


Larnaca, Cyprus

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Larnaca’s first settlers arrived in 1400 B.C.


Athens, Greece

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The city that gave birth to western civilization was founded in 1400 B.C.


Balj, Afghanistan

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This city which is more than 3,500 years old was founded in1500 B.C.


Kirkuk, Iraq

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This ancient city located 150 kilometers from Baghdad, was founded in 2200 B.C.


Erbil, Iraq

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The first record of human activity in this city was in 2300 B.C.


Tiro, Lebanon

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The birth of this Lebanese city dates back to 2750 B.C.

Jerusalem, Israel

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This holy city, the birthplace of the world’s three major monotheistic religions, was founded in 2800 B.C.


Beirut, Lebanon

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Lebanon’s capital is more than 5000 years old with its birth dating back to 3000 B.C.

Argos, Greece

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Its foundation dates back to 3200-3000 B.C.


Xian, China

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The former capital of the Qin Dynasty is one of the oldest cities in human history as it was founded in 220 B.C.


Gaziantep, Turkey

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The first human settlement in Gaziantep dates back to 3850 B.C.


Plovdiv, Bulgaria

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This Bulgarian city was founded in  4000 A.C.


Sidon, Lebanon 

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Sidon was considered one of Phoenician’s most important cities. It was founded in 4000 B.C.

Faiyum, Egypt

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It is believed that the first human settlement in this historic region dates back to 4000 B.C.

Susa, Iran

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Founded in 4200 B.C.


Damascus, Syria

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The first human settlement dates back to 4300 B.C.


Aleppo, Syria

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4300 B.C. is the year of its foundation

Byblos, Lebanon

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Founded in 5000 B.C.

Jericho, West Bank (Palestinian territories)

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The first humans settlement dates back to 9000 B.C.

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