Ageing with Grace: Oldest, Yet Still Inhabited Cities in the World

Cities that have stood the test of time, apart from carrying forward the legacy and cultures from the past, also have some noteworthy scars of history. They demonstrate both the positive and negative impact of human development. The most established urban areas on the planet brag of some extraordinary architecture and astonishing stories, and despite having seen centuries worth of events, stand gracefully in fully splendour. So spare some moments of your life, and plan a tour to these cities. The experience that follows definitely cannot be expressed in words. Ready?

If history and everything related to the ruins and glory of the past excite you, then buddy, your next destination should probably be one of these. After all, we are quite done with the concrete jungles and the buzzing industrial scenario of the modern day cities. It’s time stride back and know what life used to be back in the good old days. Read the list:

1Varanasi, India


If you come across a cheap deal on Mumbai to Varanasi flights any time, then you shouldn’t miss on the opportunity to grab it and visit this extremely important and one of the oldest cities in the world. The city of Varanasi holds utmost importance for the Jains and Hindus in India, and they believe that if one dies there, they will accomplish salvation. It is the oldest city in India and one of the most antiquated cities on the planet. Found throughout along the Ganges are the  ghats (stops along the route), where you can perform religious ablutions in the waterway. While in Varanasi, do not miss on the evening aarti held every day at the Assi Ghat (Stop Number 80). The whole atmosphere is ethereal at that very moment. Picture perfect!

2Athens, Greece

Athens, Greece

The place where philosophy and westernization took birth, Athens brags of a past filled with the mention of the times of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. The city has been constantly inhabited for more than 7,000 years. The very first human existence in Athens dates back to the time between the eleventh and seventh millennium B.C. Today it is a sprawling city, with its iconic Acropolis still standing, guarding and overlooking the entire city.

3Damascus, Syria

Damascus, Syria

4Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Plovdiv, Bulgaria


Rome, Italy